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Teach Your Employees to Use a Planner


We live in an ever-growing digital world. While it’s true that our smartphones and countless apps can house almost everything we need on a daily basis, it doesn’t mean we should totally ditch paper—especially when it comes to productivity. The good old-fashioned paper planner remains the secret ingredient to many successful and efficient professionals.

Teach Your Employees to use a PlannerUnlike your smartphone where you jump from app to app, a planner houses everything you need between its jacket. Whether you use a planner to organize your personal or professional life, you’re sure to notice the benefits it provides. In fact, research has shown that the act of physically writing something down helps you better retain the information. Planners are also a great way to detach from the distracting ‘always-on’ atmosphere of living in a digital world while remaining productive.

Providing your staff with a planner is a fantastic way to usher in some Zen-like mindfulness without halting efficiency. In fact, a study in India showed that when employees spent a mere 15 minutes at the end of the workday logging their day—what went well, where issues cropped up, goals they may have for the next few days—they were more productive than employees who didn’t use a planner. Keep in mind that if you’re going to gift planners to your staff, make sure you also spend some time teaching how to use them. Initially, those unfamiliar with paper planners may become frustrated or feel like it’s an extra chore in their workday—not realizing the benefits they can ultimately provide when used correctly. Not sure where to start? Check out our helpful tips below!

How to Choose a Planner

When purchasing a planner for use company-wide, you want to choose one that is as flexible as possible to ensure it will be relevant across different divisions. Luckily, we offer an array of handsome planners that will fit any job requirements, from customer service to sales or HR. Still looking for a few ideas when choosing one that’s right for your company? Here are some things to consider:

Consideration #1: Portability

Castelli Weekly Tucson Custom Pocket Planner - HorizontalWhen investing in paper planners for your staff, we bet it’s important to you that they use them, instead of collecting dust in an office drawer. For this, we can’t stress enough that you choose one with the ease of portability—especially if some of your staff is often on-the-go. Even if your staff is in-office all day, they still likely need to attend and document meetings during the week. Make sure the planner isn’t left behind by purchasing one that’s small and convenient enough to carry around without feeling burdensome. You might even opt for one that fits in a pocket!

Consideration #2: Customization

Again, if you’re purchasing across departments, you need something that is flexible. The best way to do this is to choose an option with customizable features so that employees feel it’s relevant to their specific role and daily tasks. This will allow them to tailor the planner to their needs, increasing the likelihood that they’ll embrace it.

Consideration #3: Blank Spaces

Blank spaces in a planner create any opportunity for individuals to add what they want. We already mentioned the idea of having employees draft daily or weekly positives and negatives (a great way to reaffirm value, boost confidence, and provide opportunities for growth), which is perfect to do across blank pages. They’re also helpful for those that prefer sketching diagrams, charts, or designs.

Consideration #4: Inspirational Spaces

Life gets busy, which can sometimes be a drain on energy and productivity. Choosing a journal with interesting or inspirational quotes (or spaces for individuals to add them in) is a great way to provide daily affirmations and boost egos. Ultimately, we all want happy staff, and a daily inspirational quote can be a quick source of positivity.

How to Use a Planner Effectively

Without further ado, here are 5 tips on how to get the most out of planners in the workplace:

Tip #1: Use It Daily

Planners are the most beneficial when they’re part of your daily routine. Plus, the more you use them, the more helpful they become. Just like you might start your workday off with a cup of coffee, reviewing and updating your planner will help center your day. This reminds you of what’s coming up later in the week and helps fit everything in on a month-long view. They’re also a great way to re-focus and give yourself (and your eyes) a computer break.

Color Code Within Your Planner to Stay OrganizedTip #2: Organize by Color Coding

Color coding your planner is a great way to quickly capture and organize what is going on in an instant. For example, you might use blue to indicate meetings, green for deadlines, and red for personal appointments.

Tip #3: Look for Gaps

As noted previously, planners are great because they house everything you need to do or be reminded of in a single space. Another benefit is that you might find areas where you are over- or under-spending time and energy. Maybe you’ve got a calendar full of to-dos for everyone else, but nothing concerning time for yourself. Or, professionally, you’ve got a ton of meetings and reminders for one project but are accidentally ignoring another in the meantime. By looking for gaps or holes in your day, month, or plan, you’ll have the opportunity to gain better balance in your schedule.

Tip #4: Use the Notes Section

Organizing your calendar is a dream with a paper planner, but it’s equally useful to use the notes section too. This is a great place to reflect on how everything in your calendar is working out, and where there might be room for improvements. The note section can also be a great space to record quick and important observations to explore later.

Tip #5: Embrace the Non-digital

Your planner may not be able to give you 15-minute meeting reminders the way Outlook can, but they are great to combine with online organization tool. In the modern office, there can be very few opportunities to sit with paper to plan, organize, and reflect. Embrace the planner for not only that, but its lack of a glaring screen!

We hope these tips have given you some insight into how beneficial a paper planner can be for productivity, as well as how you might choose the best one for your staff—and be sure to share our tips with them once they’re in-hand!


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Four Things To Know About Promotional Pens


custom penPromotional pens: Everybody uses them. When you give your customers a promotional pen, studies show they use it 18.2 times per month. And they don’t keep it for themselves, either—promotional pens have an average of 10 owners per lifetime. Custom pens continue to move, getting your logo and company name constant exposure.

Here are four things to know when selecting a promotional pen for your business.

  1. Ink types vary. Custom ballpoint pens use the most common type of ink system: a viscous ink that’s dispelled at the tip. Custom rollerball pens use less-viscous ink, so the ink saturates more deeply and widely on paper. Custom gel pens use a high-viscosity ink in which pigment is suspended in the gel, resulting in more visibility on dark or slick surfaces. You can even get fraud-protection ink to help protect secure documents.
  2. Imprint options abound. Screen printing is the most common method for promotional pens, and pad-printing is another popular choice. Your logo can also be applied to a custom molded grip or laser-engraved onto the pen. Don’t overlook the clip—we can add a logo or insignia for added impact and to create a higher-perceived value.
  3. Style matters. Custom plastic pens are most popular because of their lower price point. The trend now is to add chrome accents or a colored grip section to give it a higher-end look. Promotional aluminum pens are a great way to step it up without busting the budget. Many custom aluminum pens are offered under $1, which hasn’t always been the case. Your customers can also benefit from custom pens with a tech twist. Think promotional pens with a built-in USB drive or touch-screen stylus.
  4. Packaging is the finishing touch. Not all custom pens call for a grand presentation, but if you’re giving them as gifts, remember that they can be packaged in anything from velour sleeves to upscale gift boxes featuring your logo.

Promo know-how tip: Don’t make your employees or customers search for a pen—have custom pens readily available in common spaces such as check-out counters or reception desks. And for the best new styles in promotional pens, follow our Pinterest page.

 


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EXCLUSIVE: Snifty® Scented Promotional Pens Are Here!


In a market packed with competition, your business needs to do everything it can to stand apart from the crowd. Promotional products already help to achieve this by engaging people’s senses with a tangible product. Now, you can give your promotions an even bigger boost by engaging another sense – smell!

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “Scents have an uncanny ability to trigger memories because they are the only sense that directly connects to the part of the brain that stores emotional memories.” What if your business could combine the impact of a tangible product with the emotional power of scent?

The good news is you can! Using scented promotional products is a powerful and unique way to improve brand recognition and recall. This strategy works even better if your business or tagline can be tied to a relevant scent (eg: a donut-scented pen for a bakery, a coffee scented pen for a company promising a ‘boost’ in sales, or a watermelon scent for a summer promotion.)

Your company can start taking advantage of scented promos right away with customized Snifty pens, a wildly popular retail brand that until now was not available for business use! Snifty pens come in 9 delicious scents including watermelon, fruit punch, caramel, chocolate chip, strawberry, and more. These aromatic advertising tools are made with eco-friendly materials, and their intoxicating smells can last for more than a year. Best of all, at prices as low as $0.75 each, they won’t break your budget. Grab some today and smell em for yourself!


And remember, these pens are exclusively distributed by ePromos, so don’t go looking anywhere else!


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Kudu Agency Targets Low-Budget Clients with Sticky Note Business Cards



Often times when marketing with promotional products you’ll discover that the medium IS the message: instead of relying on the perfect imprinted text or slogan, the product speaks for you.

Here’s a great example from Kudu, an advertising agency that caters to clients with small or limited budgets. To show prospects that the agency has the ability to get creative without spending a ton of cash, Kudu printed their business cards on custom sticky notes. Each sheet folds in half to create a business card with the agency info on one side and a scannable QR code on the other.

Not only does Kudu save themselves money here, but they make a great first impression on potential clients and have an example of their work they can show people right away. Kudos to Kudu!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Oral B: Custom Sticky Notes


Check out this smart, funny, and creative use of promotional sticky notes. Oral-B, the makers of popular teeth whitening products, created custom Post It-style notes that fade from dingy yellow to sparkling white as you use more and more of them. By the time you get to the last note, no trace of yellow remains. There’s something about the simplicity of this promotion that I really admire – it’s a major achievement when you can come up with something this creative using a common product that people use every day.

Take a look at the Oral B sticky notes in action below:


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Make Your Moleskine


Too poor to buy a Moleskine notebook? No one giving you a free promotional moleskin notebook? I guess you’ll just have to make your own molespobre.

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