Today is Wednesday, so this post is on outstanding performance.
Personal organization is one of the keys to outstanding performance. Recently, I came across a low tech/high tech tool for getting more organized: PocketMod (http://www.PocketMod.com). PocketMods are low tech because they are a paper and pencil tool. They are high tech because you create them using software that you can download for free.
I came across the following article on PocketMods. It was written by Cordell Jones, founder and president of Quicklearners Inc. Quicklearners helps small businesses achieve exponential profits through easily implementable and highly effective performance solutions. You can find them at www.quicklearners.com.
Here’s what Mr. Jones has to say about PocketMods.
“Pocketmod.com offers a no-cost disposable personal organizer. You can put anything you want on each of the 8 panes of one side of a letter-sized piece of paper, fold it and put it in your pocket, purse, or wallet. PocketMod.com is a new company and product. I find them especially cool for two reasons: First, they cost practically nothing to create. Second, people are less likely to throw them away because they are new and they hold tons of information in a little space. It is a personal analog assistant (PAA?) The possibilities for using these PocketMods are endless. In this article you will find a bunch of ways you can use PocketMods to improve your life and business. After reading these ideas, go to pocketmod.com and download the application or just create one on the website.
- Use PocketMod to document your business objectives and strategies.
- Refer to the objectives and strategies to help you stay focused and on track.
- Use the PocketMod to create a daily prioritized list of people to contact and things to accomplish.
- Use PocketMod to get at least one new referral for every potential client you contact.
- Keep your schedule handy so you can setup and confirm follow-up appointments.
- Gather client contact info and special notes to help remind them you care and you are there for them.
- Create 8 page brochures you can leave with your potential client that shows benefits, your competitive advantage, and contact information.
- Create giveaway PocketMods not to sell your product, but to give tools to your potential clients. (One page could have your contact info on it.)
- Use the PocketMod to record client questions and needs.
- Use a personal PocketMod to track your diet and exercise routines so you can always present your best self.
- Identify hidden opportunities at your clients and create mutually beneficial solutions.
- Create a cheat sheet with talking points you don’t want to forget about when talking with a potential client.
- Identify a personal characteristic you would like to improve and list things you can do to improve.
- Add a PocketMod brochure with all of your client correspondence and product packaging.
- Convert a successful ad or promotion to the PocketMod format.
- Add coupons to your PocketMod giveaways to increase sales.
- Add a new word to your vocabulary every day and use it correctly, powerfully, and in a marketing context with your clients.
- Use your PocketMod to record informal assessments of how well your ads are being used.
- Use your PocketMod to write down and document permission for client testimonials.
- Use the PocketMod to identify your client’s core values.
- Keep track of your key accomplishments and repeat them as appropriate.
- Become you client’s trusted friend by remembering important life events like birthdays and anniversaries.
- If you see something a client or competitor does really well, write it down and apply it in your business.
- While you are out, look for places and niches your competitors aren’t and develop an offering for that group.
- Print in a landscape format and attach to a business card magnet so people will keep your PocketMod in a handy location.
This list is just a starter of the amazing things you can do with a PocketMod. My advice to you is to be creative and look for unique ways in which you can use the PocketMod to better serve your clients.
Bonus Item 26. Remove the gum from your mouth and put inside the blank pages of your PocketMod. Nobody wants to see your gum!”
I have just gotten used to organizing myself using Outlook. However, I think I’m going to download a copy of PocketMod and give it a whirl.
PocketMod is an interesting personal organization/time management tool. I’m looking for other off beat time management ideas to post here. For example, Jeffrey Gitomer says he never watches local news. According to Mr. Gitomer, local news is only about accidents, crimes and features, and hardly changes from day to day, so he figures he can use the half hour he would spend watching local news more productively.
I agree with what he has to say about local news – but I still like to watch it anyway, so I am unlikely to adopt this time management piece of advice. But that doesn’t mean that you won’t.
That’s why I’m looking for little known, somewhat offbeat time and personal productivity management ideas to post here. Please send me your ideas and I’ll post them some Wednesday in the future.
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