This is such a little thing but may be one of my favorite new swag items that I’ve ordered for Phone2Action this year: branded M&Ms.
We originally ordered these for a tradeshow, but everyone liked them so much that we now keep some in stock for every event we exhibit at. I love that we were able to get the lightning bolt from our logo on the actual candy. And being able to do a full color sticker with our branded gradient was an excellent plus.
As someone who is fortunate enough to work from home regularly, I have developed a process for making my remote work time as productive as it can be, but also being responsive enough so that my presence is not missed. A few things that I do that I have found to be effective:
Keep the same hours. Just because your environment has changed does not mean your routine has to. This is also important so that your colleagues can reach you and collaborate with you while you are remote.
Set a goal—or goals—for the day. Know ahead of time what you are going to work on so that you can start off the day with focused energy, rather than bouncing between tasks. I use my remote days to work on large projects that I know I need to spend concentrated, uninterrupted time on, or projects that are part of a larger goal that needs to be kept moving forward. I highly recommend using a tool like the Productivity Planner, where you write down your top five tasks for each day and track how much time it takes you to complete them.
Be responsive. Your colleagues will still need to communicate with you even if you’re not physically there. Make sure that you are responsive to requests, and if you need uninterrupted time, let your team members know that there will be blocks of time when you are unavailable (via a Slack status or calendar block).
Have a dedicated space. When I work from home, I work from my home office so that I have everything I need and minimal distractions. Set up your space so that you have to focus—keep clutter minimal and remove anything you know will distract you from your work.
Move around! Make sure you’re still stretching or walking around and not just sitting at your desk all day. This will give you more energy and a much needed break from the screen.
Back in January, one of my former colleagues from my agency days contacted me about helping her current company, Calyx Software, develop a logo for one of their new products. It was a tight timeline given their schedule to announce the project, so it was a fun challenge.
Zip is a dynamic interviewing tool for mortgage applications, that makes the process fast & smooth for the applicant(s).
The client wanted a logo that was clean, modern, and showed movement—something that conveys the speed & ease of the product.
The decision was made to keep the product name Zip rather than ZipHome, so that it is not limiting and fits into the suite of Calyx Software products.
I’m really happy with how this logo turned out, as was the client!