group, organization, productivity

Brainstorming

brainstormingWriter’s block, brain freeze, creative stagnation, all happen to the best of us but there comes a time when we have to rally the troops and participate in a brainstorming session.

Brainstorming was introduced in the 1950’s as a way to break through organizational rigidity and release creativity.  More recently E-Brainstorming surfaced as a concept to address some of the problems faced by traditional brainstorming.  Here are some of the benefits of E-Brainstorming:

  • A skilled facilitator is still necessary, but rather than meeting as a group, participants send ideas through the internet allowing for anonymity to all but the facilitator
  • Participants have time to come up with ideas without the stress of the group process and time constraints
  • Participants have less chance of being swayed by the ideas of others
  • It also ensures that you hear from the greatest number of participants.
  • Great forum for introverts who tend to do poorly in traditional brainstorming sessions.

Brainstorming is often one of the first things that comes up when we talk about generating new ideas for your business.  A successful session encourages individuals to come together with a facilitator and voice every possible way of approaching an issue, without censure.

Brainstorming can be tricky depending on the mix of people and their personalities and styles. Extroverts tend to excel in these traditional sessions.  In order to benefit from everyone’s wisdom, it’s important to take different styles into account in setting up the session.

The main focus in brainstorming is bringing people together and walking away with ideas that will propel your business. Ideas that are birthed and implemented from brainstorming sessions help to foster a team environment and help employees to feel that they are being heard and that they are valuable to the company.  Open your board rooms, and meeting rooms whether it is anonymously or in person and allow the creative juices to flow today.

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health, productivity

5 Habits for Productivity

logo_farmer_hoe_cabbageWhat does it mean to be productive? What images come to mind when you think of a highly productive person? Is it something similar to a hamster running in a wheel? How about Superman, or Wonder Woman?

Being productive relates to the rate of output per unit. In other words, it is having the ability to produce a lot of high impact work in a short period of time. We all want to be more productive. At the end of the day, it gives us an extreme sense of accomplishment – but it can also wipe us out to the point of uselessness for our families when we get home.

So how can one become more productive and still maintain sanity at the end of the day? Are there certain habits that will help?

In this article, we discuss five habits to help us become more productive throughout the day:

  1. Keep Hydrated: Sounds simple, but drinking enough water is important to helping our bodies function optimally – physically and mentally. Dehydration depletes energy.  The usual suggestion is 8 8oz glasses a day. Flavored drinks make drinking more pleasurable, but keep away from caffeinated and high sugar.
  2.  Exercise: Exercising relieves stress and builds stamina and increases physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Decreasing stress increases energy and mental focus. A 30 minute walk every day is an easy way to start – no membership or special clothing necessary!
  3.  Get Some Zzzz’s: Getting enough sleep is imperative for productivity. Our bodies need the time to regenerate and process in order to work at our best level. It might feel like you are functioning well on little sleep, but the effects are cumulative. Lack of sleep is also the culprit in many traffic accidents.
  4.  Un-Plug: Rest and relaxation seem like luxuries when the focus is productivity. The truth is just the opposite.  Giving your brain and body relaxation time while awake, either reading a book, drawing, painting, gardening, yard work or something else gives the space for creativity and problem-solving.
  5. Eat Right: Good nutrition is important to physical stamina, emotional stability, and mental acuteness. Getting a variety of fruits and vegetables, protein, and healthy carbs – and keeping refined sugars and flours to a minimum is a basic guideline.

At Porath Print Source, our team of production specialists will help keep you productive by guiding you from concept, to design, to implementation. We are your one source for anything printed! Contact us at 216-626-0060 to discuss your project needs, or visit our website at www.porathprintsource.com .  We are ready and eager to guide you in thinking outside the box.

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