3 Tips to Keep You Focused and Productive

I have seen it happen a million times. You are trucking along, and things are going well. Business is booming and you have a full day of great tasks and the daily grind doesn’t seem like such a grind.

But then, somewhere, somehow, things get out of hand.

Maybe you have a client doing a product launch, or entering their busiest time of the year.

Maybe it’s summertime and your family life is adding pressure with their demands.

Maybe you are stepping up your own marketing and trying to fit it in to your daily routine.

Whatever the reason, you wake up in the morning tired, you run all day long, and you drop into bed at night knowing that the next day will look much like today did. And you are tired…

Ack! What to do?

Well the first thing to do is identify that this is an existing issue for you.

The second is to get focused and productive.

Here are a few tips for you.

1. Step back and take a look at what you are doing through the day. If you aren’t writing every thing down, then you must start. It’s about identifying what is taking up your time, and then identifying how you can increase your productivity.

2. Identify how you are working – are you planning each part of your day, or are you running to keep up? Sometimes it’s not the workload that is the issue, but it’s how you are managing it. Look at the patterns you are creating. If you are not blocking time in your calendar – clear stop and start times for each block of time – then you might not be maximizing your work time.

3. How focused are you? Make notes during the day of what is distracting you from your task at hand. It’s easy to brush off distraction if you aren’t aware of it. Sometimes tasks take longer than they should, simply because you allow things to take your focus away from it. Identify what could be interrupting you and slowing you down.

Looking at how the day flows is really important to streamline your productivity.

Focus is essential in order to remain on the task at hand, so you can complete it in a timely fashion.

Blocking your tasks into groups of time can be a very effective way to plan and track what you are doing on a daily basis. This doesn’t mean that you need to schedule the minutia of your day, but if you block 45 minutes to work on Client A’s work, then make sure you are doing that. It’s solid billable time, and then you can move on to something else knowing that Client A’s work is done.

Too often I see people trying to multitask and getting less done efficiently as a result.

Minimizing distractions is also very important. In this age of instant communication, things like Skype, IM, email, social media, and cell phones all distract us, whether we know it or not. I just recently attended a conference and they told us that on average, individuals check their phones 1500 times a week. A week! Talk about distraction.

I just recently downloaded an app called Checky to monitor my phone checks. I also have the Calm app on my phone, to slow me down and relax and refocus me when things get busy. Both of those things help me to keep my level of activity (and stress!) in check!

Maybe you think this isn’t a problem for you because you aren’t full with client work. But let me ask you this – what IS filling your days right now?

The time to develop great habits of getting focused and productive is when you are not running around like a crazy person. Then when the busy times come (and they do!) you are better prepared to handle them.

Thing about it – you are doing some excellent networking and marketing. Suddenly you get three new clients. Wham. You are busy, and you are unprepared.

Product Launching and the Emotional Connection

A product launch can be extremely easy or it can be complicated beyond expectation.

For example if you are simply creating a product based on a variation on a non-patented product it may be fairly easy to launch the product. This is often seen with candy, baked goods and other edible items.

There are numerous companies on the web that revolve around confectionary items including brownie, cookies and candy.

Obviously there may be other issues you need to address with the preparation of these products, but the actual launch of the product may not require significant research and development.

If your product is distinct and related specifically to an entirely new product you are developing you may want to spend the time needed to file a patent on something that either does not exist or is an improvement on an existing application. You will also spend significant time (and perhaps finances) in the research and development of your all-new product. This is essential in assuring yourself and your potential consumers that the product is not only new and distinctive, but has been tested to demonstrate quality and longevity.

Perhaps the easiest way to instigate a product launch is by simply infusing an existing product you may have had available in a brick and mortar store into an online business environment. The long-term success of online businesses that were an outgrowth of an existing storefront is encouraging and part of the phenomenon that is known as the World Wide Web.

Everyone wants to rush a product to market. Take for instance various cell phones. Each generation of phone provides improved design and new applications. As soon as one company unveils a new design and features it isn’t too long before another company presents something new with similar features and a few new ones.

I suppose it is the nature of business to evaluate the successes of competitors and work to match and exceed the offerings they make available. This dynamic is a driving force in pushing business to new and greater places in both service and product offerings.

One of the advantages of a product that is more organic in nature is that you may find a more individual item that is not easily duplicated and may be more adept at making an emotional impact on consumers.

Let me explain. Hand crafted or homemade items often have the potential to help us connect with a memorable past while creating positive feelings in the present. It could be something as small as a bag of salt water taffy from a seaside shop that simply reminds you of a trip to the ocean as a child and time spent with dad, mom, grandparents or other cherished family member. It could also be something like a hand carved walking stick that reminds you of hikes with family or friends. Just the visual cue created by these (or similar) products may remind you of times you enjoy remembering.

Any business that can supply an emotional connection with a product launch will more than likely find steady success in their business endeavors.

A product launch is important in the development of your business. Learn every facet of the product, find ways to describe it and help your audience find a reason to connect with the product on an emotional level.

Amazing Advantages of Using a Standing Frame

Because of cerebral paralysis, brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and related disorders, many adults and children with disabilities cannot stand alone. The use of standing structures in counseling sessions and daily jobs will significantly support these individuals. A vast amount of research has found that standing in the lives of those who cannot stand without support is very helpful, especially the new CAT multi-standing frame. This is really helpful for the children.

Benefits on offer:

Motion variety -One advantage of standing is that the variety of motions can be increased. Many with inadequate muscle strength to stand should use a standing frame to expand the muscles of their legs and trunk, improve their muscles, and increase their motion range.
Lower spasticity – Another advantage of standing is that it tends to lower spasticity in small children, especially in those with cerebral paralysis, who cannot stand. It is very useful for children who cannot stand alone with standing frames at an average age of 10 months. It allows them to shape the acetabulum in addition to reducing spasticity and decreases the likelihood of sublevation of the hips increasing.
Less risk of osteoporosis – Other advantages of standing include reduced risk of osteoporosis, reduced risk of decubitus ulcers, enhanced motor control, and enhanced quality of life. Standing is also believed to promote full bladder emptying, which decreases the risk of prostate cancer.
Special Standing frame for children:

The CAT multi standing frame allows the children to position themselves upright. This special need system allows the infant to communicate openly and to promote psycho-physical development. In addition, the unique needs of this standing frame lead to the improvement of the neurological functions of the infant while still oxygenating the body. This frame has a robust looping and support mechanism to ensure that the child was healthy.

The system is built of environmentally sustainable and ecologically friendly materials. This standing system helps a child to stand comfortably and can quickly be modified to better keep the right location. Sturdy pelvic supports and chest offer protection and integral protection, which is readily flexible to facilitate symmetry. Other smart features include a gas spring that allows the modification of the tilt angle for specific needs by the treatment provider.

Necessary for children suffering from cerebral paralysis, brain and backbone trauma, as well as muscle fatigue and paralysis condition.

Types of standing frames:

Supine – The three styles of standing structures are supine, standing, and susceptible. Each patient’s type of stander can depend on its specific level of operation and comfort. Medically vulnerable patients should use supine levels because they place the least burden on the body.
Prone standers – The best for kids and adults who can handle their heads well is to use prone standers. If the user is closely watched, this stand sort can help to improve testing of the head. It can be difficult to put the child right in the stander, so more than one assistant is needed. For infants, prone standers are widely used.
Sit-to-step – Sit-to-step frames are commonly used to keep the heads well for adults. The consumer is normally seated in a comfortable location in the stand and some adults will arrange themselves without assistance in a standing frame. Many stand frames can be modified highly. They can be used for standing and sitting purposes.
What precautions should be taken?

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It is important to take into consideration when a disabled person starts a standing program. The helper has to ensure that there is no undue strain on the knees of the customer. The individual’s respiratory and cardiovascular function during the use of the standing frame is also critical to track, particularly if the respiratory or cardiovascular systems are known to be impaired.

Final Words:

Everyone will greatly benefit from standing, and people who cannot stand alone should be helped to stand up. Almost everyone can stand by a range of goods even though their mobility due to injury is significantly limited. Those that cannot buy a stander without assistance can have support.