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To Stay Productive Beyond January, Use Signs

January 16th, 2012 by Larry Keltto | Posted in Productivity

In last week’s Blog Talk Radio interview with productivity expert Claudine MottoHow To Stay Productive Beyond January — she said that productivity for solopreneurs often falters after the first month of the year because we lose sight of the new goals we have set.

I told Claudine that recently I printed and placed next to my computer a copy of Stephen Covey’s “quadrants” as a way to help me prioritize my time. The small sign is a humble (yet powerful) motivator.

“We need to see the things that remind us of what is important and what isn’t,” Claudine says. “Otherwise we let the day drive what we are doing, rather than our own proactive goals or priorities.”

To keep your goals in the front of your mind, I have a simple, inexpensive suggestion: signs.

Champions Use Signs

If you walk into the lockerroom of any successful athletic team, you will see motivational signs posted throughout the facility. (Faith communities are another example of organizations that use goal-oriented signage effectively.) Examples from sport are:

• What did you do today to beat [fill in blank with name of biggest rival]?

• Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it. (George Halas)

• Don’t make excuses, make improvements.

• Play like a champion today.

• Success is a choice.

• The best way to predict the future is to create it.

It’s common, too, for teams to have a theme for the season and use it on signs, t-shirts, etc.

Where To Find Meaningful Quotes

If you have a tendency to lose sight of your goals, try posting a few signs — maybe two or three to begin with. The signs don’t have to be fancy; printing them on a piece of 8.5 by 11 paper is fine.

Start by looking within yourself for quotes that will motivate and inspire. Examine your mission statement, vision statement, list of goals for the year, and any other foundational documents for the words that describe why you became a solopreneur. If you have a blog, go back to some of your favorite posts for nuggets of wisdom.

There are many online sources for motivation and inspiration, too. One of my favorites is ThinkExist.com. And don’t overlook spiritual sources — holy books can speak to some of your most important (but easily forgotten) goals.

Do You Use Signs?

What do your office signs say? Please leave your comments below.


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  1. I do use signs but I use signs of things I want to accomplish. Let’s say I want to sign X amount of new clients in February. So I have that written out in places I know I’ll see it: on the door of my office or on the wall opposite my desk. My desk is also glass, so I’ve had great success taping a sign under it so it shows when I look at the desk.

  2. Thanks for the mention, Larry.

    I have a corkboard above my monitor with a few of my favorite quotes and with my theme word for the year (RISK) in huge letters. I posted a picture of it a few days ago on Facebook.

  3. Larry Keltto says:

    @Priness, I really like your use of signs. As a matter of fact, I’m going to make one tonight for my quarterly goals. ;-)

    @Claudine, I just looked at your RISK sign — awesome!

  4. My big one is a quote from Aristotle – “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

    It helps remind me that becoming successful happens one decision at a time.

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