The truth about direct mail marketing campaigns – still effective after all of these years; and yes, even to millennials

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There has been quite a backlash from The New York Times blockbuster article last weekend claiming that social media giant sites Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others routinely look the other way (some would say even encourage) when fake and paid-for profiles make up a significant portion of a member’s group of followers. Part of the narrative is that internet marketing numbers have been over-hyped from the beginning, and that this latest expose should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the history of online marketing.

The overstating of subscriber and follower numbers and impact is a reminder that there are other, often more reliable forms of marketing that are available to your business. With the right advisor to guide you while also helping you to create, design and execute a highly effective Direct Mail marketing campaign, you can reap significant financial benefits from your marketing budget. In the West Palm Beach market, Print It Plus is one of the very few printing, branding, advertising and marketing companies that has the expertise in all of those areas to help you maximize your return on investment on your direct mail campaign.

Is it true that direct mail can still be an effective and cost-effective marketing tool for your business? Yes. And do not take our word for it. There have been numerous studies conducted by well-respected companies in recent years highlighting that even millennials – yes, millennials! – read and utilize information and coupons they receive in their physical mailboxes. How attracted to direct mail are millennials?

Recent studies report the following data:

A study cited in a 2013 article in Compu-Mail shows:

And here are additional statistics cited from another recent article on Digitaldogdirect.com:

  • 90% of Millennials said they would prefer postal delivery over email when receiving promotional items. (Source)
  • 82 percent of Millennials read direct mail from retail brands and more than half (54 percent) look forward to receiving hard-copy retail catalogs in the mail. (Source)
  • 73% of Millennials use direct mail coupons when making purchases. (Source)
  • 63% of Millennials who responded to a direct mail piece within the past three months made a purchase. (Source)
  • 90 percent of Millennials think direct mail advertising is reliable. (Source)
  • Those ages 18 to 21 read mailings immediately 62 percent of the time. (Source)
  • 25% of Millennials consider reading direct mail a leisure activity. (Source)
  • 80% of Millennials want brands to entertain them, and they find direct mail entertaining. (Source)

 

The bottom line is that a well-strategized plan using Direct Mail and/or Every Door Direct Mail campaigns will get your business a significant amount of exposure to potential customers, even when they are millennials.

At Print It Plus we can help you with all of your marketing ideas, including showing you how to incorporate a powerful direct mail campaign into your plan for 2018. In addition to our knowledge of every door direct mail (EDDM) and all other aspects of direct mail, we offer custom design and production for all of your marketing pieces including on vehicle wraps, posters, banners, signs and all printed materials. We also offer mailing, branding, business stationery and business cards, marketing collateral, variable data printing, promotional products, websites and secure web form services for medical offices.  It is our pleasure to service the entire Palm Beach County, Florida area and beyond including Royal Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Loxahatchee, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter and Boca Raton. Ask about our free pick-up and delivery throughout the county on your order, as well!

To talk with our account team, one of our designers or to place an order, contact us today by calling us at (561) 790-0884. You can also visit our website at HTTP://WWW.PRINTITPLUS.COM or email us at info@printitplus.com. We look forward to helping you CREATE INFINITE POSSIBILITIES throughout this new year of 2018 and well into the future!

 

Here are links to the two articles mentioned above:

 

 

Here are links to four other articles with more data which further supports millennials’ attraction for and significant usage of direct mail.

 

 

 

 

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Vehicle wraps from Print It Plus – an eye-catching yet inexpensive way to gain significant ongoing positive marketing for your business in 2018 and beyond

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One of the most important jobs we do for our clients at Print It Plus is to utilize our 30 years of expertise to guide you to the marketing, advertising and branding ideas that afford you the greatest return on investment. We realize that each and every one of you has a limited budget – and you need that limited budget to produce the maximum results possible. This desire to help you maximize your return on investment (ROI) is why we offer the wide range of products and services that we do.

This desire is also why we add products and services to our already impressive array of offerings when we see the potential for significant ROI for you. And this is why we added vehicle wraps to our product line several years ago.

Vehicle wraps allow you to continually advertise your business – every day for years – to your current and potential customers while just incurring cost one time. Done well, vehicle wraps can be one of the most productive pieces of your marketing plan and budget in 2018, and beyond.

At Print It Plus we offer you that rare combination of expertise in all phases of the vehicle wrap, from conception through design to the actual application and finished product. Our clients that have already gotten their cars, trucks or vans wrapped have not only been amazed with the combination of visual appeal and durability of their wraps (of course we only use the best wrapping material AND we guarantee our work, as always), but also by the response from their current AND potential customers.

A great example of the positive results vehicle wraps can have for your business happened recently to our local restaurant client Tree’s Wings & Ribs.

General Manager Erin Townsend related a story highlighting this exact point: “Just last week we had a long-time customer call in and remark that they did not realize that we delivered to their neighborhood until they saw our delivery vehicle going by their house.”

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“They booked a party tray for the next weekend. And that is by far not the only example,” She said. “Without question, the new vehicle wraps have increased our visibility, our brand and our business far more than we would have thought possible. Print It Plus did a wonderful job!”

An eye-catching, professional-looking vehicle wrap designed and installed by Print It Plus can have that same impact on your business, too.

If you have not incorporated vehicle wraps and/or decals into the marketing of your business, then you are missing out on opportunities to grow your brand and more importantly your profits. And now at the beginning of a new year is a great time to work with our professionals at Print It Plus to create a wrap for one vehicle, or your whole fleet.

At Print It Plus we can help you with all of your promotional ideas now, and throughout the whole year. In addition to our custom design on vehicle wraps, we offer design and production of posters, banners, signs and all printed materials. We also offer mailing, direct mail campaigns, marketing collateral, variable data printing, promotional products, websites and secure web form services for medical offices.  It is our pleasure to service the entire Palm Beach County, Florida area and beyond including Royal Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Loxahatchee, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter and Boca Raton. Ask about our free pick-up and delivery throughout the county on your order, as well!

To talk with our account team, one of our designers or to place an order, contact us today by calling us at (561) 790-0884. You can also visit our website at HTTP://WWW.PRINTITPLUS.COM or email us at info@printitplus.com. We look forward to helping you CREATE INFINITE POSSIBILITIES throughout 2018 and for many years to come!

Print It Plus Celebrates 30-year Anniversary in Palm Beach County!

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We are proud to announce that 2018 marks its 30th year in business in Palm Beach County! Founded in 1988 by David and Kimberly Leland, Print It Plus has come a long way in 30 years – while never losing sight of our mission to bring high-quality, locally-based products and services to the Palm Beach County business community.

“Honestly, our 30 years in business here in Royal Palm Beach has been an amazing experience,” Kimberly said in a recent interview. “Not only is this a wonderful community, but we have really enjoyed working with individuals and businesses in helping to better this community. Helping local businesses grow and become successful has been very rewarding for us personally as well as professionally.”

We officially opened the doors to Print It Plus in October of 1988 in the same location where our business still resides today – 11420 Okeechobee Boulevard near the heart of the Village of Royal Palm Beach.

“Back when we started we were a two-person operation: I was out on the road during the day, while Kimberly waited on customers here at the shop,” David reminisced. “At night, I would run the printing presses while Kimberly did the typesetting. Our 3 kids would be doing the homework, eating their dinner or watching TV in the back. When they were old enough they would help us with some of the work.”

“As area residents, as well as local small business owners, Kim and I are extremely proud to be celebrating this milestone of 30 years,” said David. “We’re proud to say we’ve grown and evolved as technology has changed, and we look forward to serving this wonderful community well into the future.”

He continued, “We have gone through good times and bad, including one of the worst economic downturns of our lives (the Recession from 2008-2010) – and we survived because we have built such a foundation in this community of not only volunteering and supporting our community and it showed that it supported us during the hard times or we probably would not have survived like so many other businesses didn’t. It is nice that we are still getting the support from our local Village, and our local businesses”

We credit our team’s commitment to offering the highest quality and best customer service on a daily basis to continue building on our company’s winning formula. Today, Print It Plus employs local experts and has expanded its product and service offerings to include vehicle wraps, graphic design, branding, website, multi-media marketing, advertising, promotional products and of course, printing – most of which are produced onsite or sourced locally.

“We give tours of our operation, and people are always amazed to see what goes into creating great printed and branded products,” said Vice President Kimberly Leland. “It takes a combination of excellent customer service, designers, as well as, state-of-the-art equipment.”

Come in any time during business hours and we will be happy to work with you to create a winning marketing strategy, and/or take you on a guided tour of our facility. We specialize in turning your printing, branding, marketing and advertising ideas into profitable solutions for your company.

Print It Plus will help you grow your company by finding the best marketing and advertising products and services for your situation in Palm Beach County – from Royal Palm Beach to Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth, Loxahatchee and everywhere in between. We provide virtually any product or service imaginable to communicate with your clients, employees, stockholders, and vendors.  We are experts at corporate identity pieces, branding, marketing, printing and design. For more information about Print It Plus, contact Kimberly Leland at kim@printitplus.com, by calling (561) 790-0884, or go to our website at www.printitplus.com.

We wish all of you a happy and prosperous 2018!

You want success in your business in 2018? Set up your marketing budget monthly so it works the whole year through

12 Months of Marketing Planning for 2018

As 2017 draws to a close this is a time to look backward and forward in your business. You look back at the year that has just passed and evaluate your company’s performance. What events did you plan for? Which ones took you by surprise? Did you do better than you projected coming into the year, or worse?

Just as importantly, your projections and plans for 2018 should already be well under way. One of the most important aspects of your business plan for next year should be your Marketing Plan. Particularly if the budget you are allocating for marketing is limited.

Why? Because an unfocused marketing plan can cost your company a fortune as you spend money in areas that are not giving the return on investment needed while not allocating enough funds in areas that would yield higher results.

Have you gotten as far as deciding on your budget? If yes, great. If not, that is ok – but you certainly want to have at least a general idea working toward a realistic amount that you are ready to move forward with by the beginning of the year. The most important aspect of deciding on your budget is: be realistic, but do not be too tight. You may have grand marketing plans for the new year, but if you don’t have the budget set correctly, you will run out of money for marketing long before 2018 ends… and most likely with an inadequate return on investment (ROI).

Therefore, your marketing “Game Plan” should include monthly budgets that make up the larger yearly budget. In this way you can budget for a variety of different marketing efforts that may include: a new or updated/upgraded website; a direct mail campaign; a vehicle wrap for your vehicle, or your entire fleet; new or updated branding; advertising in focused areas, either through more traditional outlets (magazines, newspapers or banners) or on the internet through social media advertising or banner ads.

If you budget correctly you will even have enough left for some memorable promotional gifts for your valued clients, future clients, vendors and/or employees when the 2018 holiday season rolls around next year.

One last thing: you must always remember to “Measure Your Results” of every campaign. Also known as Metrics, these measurements are another area where many companies, particularly small companies where the owner and management wear multiple hats, tend to forget. Not measuring a marketing campaign’s results can cost you money and results.

In fact, that is such a big mistake that the very future of your company may depend on the accuracy of your measuring the results of each and every one of your marketing campaigns. Why? Because running marketing campaigns that do not produce enough ROI can doom a company to a financial setback that it can never recover from.

Creating and implementing integrated successful marketing campaigns throughout 2018 and beyond can be the life blood of your business. In the modern world, there are countless platforms for advertising and communicating with potential clients. A well-orchestrated campaign will not only reach a large audience, but it will also help increase brand recognition and drive people to your company. The New Year offers a perfect opportunity to get started with a bang by putting an effective, multi-faceted marketing campaign to work for your business.

At Print it Plus we love to help you convert your ideas into a cohesive, integrated marketing plan. We work with you not just at the beginning of the year, but for the entire year through to the end.  We help to build the brand of your company through a variety of print, mail, direct mail, vehicle wraps, advertising, marketing campaigns and superior website design.

We work with companies from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Belle Glade, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Stuart, Florida to help them maximize their marketing, printing, advertising and branding efforts.

Contact us at HTTP://WWW.PRINTITPLUS.COM to learn more about how we can help YOU to CREATE INFINITE POSSIBILITIES in 2018… and beyond!

Custom Calendars are one of the best gifts to keep you in front of your customers this holiday season

Custom Calendars - November 2017

One of the hardest things to do as a vendor is to stay in front of your customers on a daily basis so that when the time comes for them to purchase the products or services you offer, they think of you first. You know that you do not want to come across as overbearing, or pushy: you can quickly turn a valued customer into a lost customer if you make them feel harassed or pressured.

And yet being at the top of their minds when they are ready to purchase is a key to growing your business. Throughout our three decades in business in Palm Beach County we have been asked “what are the most successful ways to stay in front of my customers during the year without turning them off?”

Customized calendars are one of the best, most valuable, least offensive and cost-effective ways to stay in front of your customers. Calendars can serve as an excellent marketing piece. A calendar can be seen by dozens, if not hundreds, of people during its life cycle, exposing your brand and business in a stunning, beautiful way. Calendars also allow you to effectively convey the holiday spirit all year round to the people you care about the most.

At Print It Plus we have found that printed calendars stand the test of time as one of the most effective ways to accomplish this feat.  Calendars link your photographic life to your everyday life. You can create a calendar with your own pictures, pictures from your customer or vendor, or some other group that you know will keep you top of mind with the most important people in your life.

In addition, a printed, custom calendar is often faster and more straight-forward to use than electronic devices. Is it easier trying to convince someone to download your app to their phone, or handing them a ready-made calendar that they can hang on the wall or put on their desk and reference it literally at their fingertips any time they want? For most people, a printed calendar is still a vitally important piece of their personal organization.

We can produce custom calendars with your images. Or you may want to have calendars that advertise your business from a huge selection of our pre-made designs. Either way, we have the following full-calendar printing services available to you:

  • High-quality full color, offset and short-run digital color and black & white printing
  • Multiple options of premium paper stocks available
  • Multiple sizes and binding options
  • Very fast turnaround times

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AND RIGHT NOW our custom Calendars for 2018 are available for you to purchase at a special price! Go to  https://printitplus.com/printing/calendar-specials to choose from one of wall or desk calendar options and receive incredible discount off our normal prices. And if you need more hands-on help, call us at (561) 790-0884 and we will get you connected with our award-winning design team to help you to design a beautiful calendar today.

At Print It Plus we can help you with all of your printed calendar and any other printing, advertising, direct mail, medical office and corporate gift ideas. We also do vehicle wraps for one vehicle or a whole fleet, and wide format banners and posters too. For 3 decades we have proudly served the entire Palm Beach County, Florida area and beyond including Royal Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Loxahatchee, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter, North Palm Beach, and Riviera Beach.

Contact us today by calling us at (561) 790-0884, visiting our website at HTTP://WWW.PRINTITPLUS.COM or by emailing us at info@printitplus.com. We look forward to helping you CREATE INFINITE POSSIBILITIES this and every holiday season!

The time is here to get your holiday cards – and save money with our Print It Plus October special!

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October is not only the time of fall, pumpkins and Halloween. It is also the time of year for people to pick out holiday cards to send to customers, vendors, family, and friends alike. You want to find that card which expresses the beauty and elegance of this time of year while also showing those that you care about the most how happy you are to have them in your personal life or working with your business.

Print It Plus is the place to come to find, choose and send out the perfect card this holiday season. With almost three decades in the business of holiday card offering and mailing, we know how to help you find the right card to convey your message with just the right touch – and you do not even have to come into our office to make your selection!

Go right to the page on our website https://printitplus.com/printing/holiday-cards to go right to our holiday card page. On that page you will be able to choose from over 30 million beautiful images from our online collection, or we can custom print any design using photographs of your company or family to create a more personalized look. Your creative possibilities are almost infinite!

If you want to take a more hands on approach, you can come into our conveniently-located Royal Palm Beach location right on Okeechobee Blvd. just west of 441 and browse through our many catalogs to select from extensive choices of extremely elegant holiday cards. One of our expert designers will be happy to work with you and help you pick that perfect design for this holiday season.

Furthermore, if you already have a design we can custom design or print from your design with our quality multi-faceted printing processes that will ensure your piece is delivered as vibrant and sharp as you imagine. Add our cutting-edge Spot UV coating to impress your recipients. Come on in see and feel the difference… and take your cards and other printed materials to a whole different level!

And why wait for the December holidays? If you are the type of person who likes to send cards for weddings, birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving or any other special announcement, we are here to help you. Do you need your cards or other printing fast? Call us directly at (561) 790-0884 or go to https://printitplus.com/printing/premium and you can get a rush delivery on your order.

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And during this month of October we are offering the following SPECIAL – Place your Holiday Card order through our website, use the return address on the holiday cards is printed FOR FREE. That is equal to at least a $20 savings on your order! All you have to do is place your order before the end of the month.

At Print It Plus we can help you with all of your Holiday, Wedding and Post card design, printing, addressing and mailing in addition to any other printing, advertising, direct mail, medical office, vehicle wraps, banners and corporate gift ideas now, and throughout the whole year. This is our 29th year proudly serving  the entire Palm Beach County, Florida area and beyond including Royal Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Loxahatchee, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter and Boca Raton.

Contact us today by calling us at (561) 790-0884, visiting our website at HTTP://WWW.PRINTITPLUS.COM or by emailing us at info@printitplus.com. We look forward to helping you CREATE INFINITE POSSIBILITIES this holiday season!

Print It Plus open starting today following Hurricane Irma

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Fellow Palm Beach County and Florida residents – we hope that all of you remained safe during the storm. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has endured more of the brunt and aftermath of Hurricane Irma, particularly in the northern Caribbean, the Keys, Marco Island, Naples and throughout southwestern Florida.

We are thankful to announce that we have been able to re-open our doors as of this morning, Tuesday, September 12th, and are working at full capacity. If there is anything you need that we can do to help you get through the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, please let us know.

Contact us at:
Print It Plus
11420 Okeechobee Blvd.
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 790-0884
http://www.printitplus.com
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Millennials Hate your Marketing — Here’s Why (and what you can do about it)


You’ve done it! You researched the young adult market, identified their buying power, and now that “just for millennials” campaign has launched and you’re waiting for the leads to roll in. But instead, nothing happens.

What’s behind the lack of attention and response from this coveted age group? Adults under the age of 30 make up about 1.4% of the U.S. population and pack about 1.3 trillion in buying power domestically. This massive market is made up of savvy consumers who are digital natives and who are very aware of marketing and advertising.

So, why aren’t they paying attention to your marketing? It could be one of these three reasons.

You Treat Them as an Afterthought

It’s a common misconception that millennials, particularly young ones, don’t have the money to buy things or that they waste their money on the wrong things, like avocado toast and pumpkin spice lattes. The problem with this approach is that brands who see these young adults in this way tend to promote the most heavily discounted or bottom of the line products using cost-conscious gimmicks.

Both entry-level products and marketing gimmicks drive millennials away. These savvy users what the newest, the latest and the best, and they can pay for it. Don’t assume your youngest targets can’t afford your best or most recent models. If they are truly captivated with your brand, they’ll find a way. Offer your best products and your most innovative lineup to this group and if they like what you have to share, they’ll keep coming back for more.

You Roll out a “Millennial” Product

You may call it that internally, but labeling your product as a millennial offering is a sure way to drive young adults away from it. Promote it that way on social media and you could get a lot of attention – in a negative way. That innate disapproval of marketing means that millennials are going to be suspicious of any product that announces itself as aimed at them (and could even mock it relentlessly online). You can target millennials with a campaign, approach, or product, but don’t overtly mention it in your materials to avoid a backlash.

You’re Not Social

If you’re dabbling in social media because you are supposed to, but not truly interacting, you’re likely driving away the very consumers you want to attract. Millennials are social media savvy and use channels regularly for entertainment, engagement, and social chatter. A steady stream of promotion is going to drive these coveted young adults away. Instead, pull back on the promotions and truly engage.

If you have an employee who already loves social media, this might be the right person to have monitor and post, even if they are not officially on your marketing team. Social media channels that speak to and “get” millennials can lead to huge brand success, while a mismatch in your messaging can cause millennials to see your brand as out of touch or irrelevant.

Harnessing the power of this massive demographic is well worth the effort, but the first step is ensuring that your current messaging isn’t driving your young adult targets away from your brand. Taking the time to learn how millennials spend money, what matters to them, and even why they love engagement so much can help you tailor your efforts to resonate with this coveted group.


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How to Inspire Those Around You Like the True Leader You Were Meant to Be


Even business professionals with the best of intentions often make the mistake of assuming that solid leadership is about one thing and one thing only: delegating responsibility. You’ve worked hard your whole life and you’ve ascended through the ranks – now is the time when people should start listening to what you have to say, right?

Yes, but not in the way you think.

You’re the Inspiration

In truth, employees shouldn’t be doing what you say just because you’re the one saying it. They should be following your guidance because they want to, they’re inspired to, and if given the opportunity, they’d be steering that proverbial ship in the same direction that you’ve chosen. To get there, though, you’re going to have to do more than just bark orders. You’re going to have to inspire. Here are a few key things to keep in mind when trying to inspire others.

Leaders Who Inspire Support Their Employees in More Ways Than One

One of the most common traits among leaders who inspire their workforce is that they tend to support their employees, both personally and professionally. After all, everyone wants to have meaning in their lives and wants to be encouraged to follow their passions.

To help support this, you need to create an environment where learning is encouraged and where everyone feels like you have your own personal interest in their success. You need to be a leader that fosters development – someone who looks for and utilizes every opportunity for a person to take a positive step forward. Doing this won’t just inspire pride in one’s work, it’ll go a long way towards inspiring loyalty, too.

Inspirational Leaders Set the Tone

Another essential trait that you’ll need to focus on to both inspire those around you and to become the true leader you were meant to be is to lead by example. This goes far beyond just “treat others how you want to be treated.” You need to show that you’re willing to do what you want others to do, too. Never ask someone to do something that you would never be willing to do yourself. Don’t be afraid to get in there and get your hands dirty, so to speak. If you want your team to put in long hours and work hard on that next big project, you have to put your money where your mouth is and show that you’re ready and willing to do the same.

Inspirational Leaders Value Trust Above All Else

A truly inspirational leader knows that human beings are exactly that – human. The road to success isn’t going to be an easy one and if you aren’t willing to trust the employees around you, they will soon recede into their comfort zone. They’ll quickly start to feel like the risk of stepping outside that box isn’t worth it and that the environment they’re spending so much time in just doesn’t support them in doing so anyway.

By trusting your employees (and being willing to accept that not every challenge is a simple one to overcome), you’re creating a situation where people are more willing to take on challenges and risk any failures that come their way. You need to show people that even if something goes wrong, you believe in them and that you have their back. You need to make them believe that even when they have a setback, you’ll still be by their side, urging them to move forward. Rest assured, at that point, they will.


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The Art of Time-Blocking: A Simple Tip to Revolutionize Your Productivity

time calendarMost people just aren’t that good at multitasking. Trying to remain focused (and organized) is one of the most significant time wasters, especially in the life of a business professional. When you try to do too many things at the same time, you become a “Jack of all Trades, Master of None.” Just when you’re trying to get work done on that big project, another email comes in that you have to respond to. You hop over to your email client and suddenly the phone is ringing, or you realize that you have to proof a new design before it heads out the door. It’s maddening.

Thankfully, there is a better way. By adopting the fine art of time-blocking, you may have just found the simple, yet effective technique you’ve been looking for to unlock a bold new era of productivity in both your personal and professional life.

What is Time-Blocking?

At its core, time-blocking is the idea that you should segment your day into clearly defined (and strictly adhered to) blocks of productivity. Organize the tasks you need to complete by category and set aside a specific amount of time for those categories each day.

If you feel like you’re spending an unfortunate amount of time responding to emails every day at the expense of everything else, set aside 9:00 am to 10:00 am every morning to just focus on emails. Devote every ounce of your attention to this one task and when it’s over, move onto the next one. Outside of the occasional emergency, don’t respond to emails for the rest of the day. Get it done, and then move on.

The Benefits

The beauty of time-blocking falls into two distinct categories. First, it’s an incredibly effective way to eliminate distraction. Instead of trying to divide your attention between ten little tasks, it’s almost like you’re tackling just one big one (i.e. emails, and nothing more). Not only do you get those initial tasks done faster, but the ultimate quality of your output is also much higher because you’re no longer trying to do too many things at once.

Next, time-blocking is also an excellent way to build up a strong sense of momentum that will carry you through the rest of your day. As you begin to move from block to block, you’ll constantly be surprised by just how much you’re getting done. This wave of productivity (not to mention the wave of euphoria) builds on itself, driving things home towards the finish line (and the end of the work day).

Success Comes When You Look Ahead

Another one of the keys to success regarding time-blocking is a little bit of forward thinking. This isn’t something you can make up on the fly. You need to consider the types of tasks you need to do each day and what you have to get done by week’s end. Look ahead a little bit and make a list of your top priorities. Then, separate those into categories and get down to business.

Remember, it’s important to be honest with yourself. Time-blocking won’t suddenly create an extra hour in your day, but it will help you make better use of the hours you already have. If you try to add too many things to your list to the point where it becomes unrealistic, you’ll end up working against your goal and not towards it. You’ll quickly begin to feel overwhelmed, which is something that you do not want.


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