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e-NewsLetter Volume 20 Issue 20
Tuesday October 15, 2019

In this issue:

Product Showcases

CNC Routers For Sign Makers
Industrial CNC is the global leading manufacturer of Industrial strength, Integrated CNC Router Systems. Designed, Engineered & Built For The Professional Sign Maker.
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Latest Vehicle Templates & wrap artwork - from $25
Introducing SignElements, an online library curated exclusively for the Sign Industry. Royalty-free vehicle templates, wrap artwork, vectors, images and vinyl-ready. Click above to see more.
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EstiMate Sign Pricing Software: Sign Estimating & Business Management Made Easy
Get the tools you need to determine what you need to make in order to cover your costs and achieve your profit goals, then making sure every single job is priced to meet your target - all the while giving you professional printed, faxed or emailed estimates that you can have in your customer's hand literally minutes after getting the job specs. Click for more info.
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Interior & Exterior Architectural Sign Systems from Clarke Systems
A sign system contains most, if not all, of the buliding blocks you'll need for everything from a single sign to a comprehensive identity or wayfinding program. Simple. Versatile. Comprehensive.
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Convert bitmaps into Vector Graphics in Minutes, with Graphic Tracer Professional!
With Sensedge(tm) auto-tracing, quickly fix most common shapes, arcs, curves and lines using 'smart' clean-up tools. Automatically identify and replace text in graphics with the correct font. Able to identify over 100,000 fonts.
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Premium Clipart Library - 500,000 Artworks / $49 for a Year
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Focus for Success

    "Mostly I make lists for projects. This can be daunting. Breaking something big into its constituent parts will help you organize your thoughts, but it can also force you to confront the depth of your ignorance and the hugeness of the task. That's OK. The project may be the lion, but the list is your whip."
      --- Adam Savage

We all say it all the time: "I must get better organized!" It's not that we are not truthful about our situation. We all could be more organized with our tasks that must be completed every day. If you're like me, you try various calendars, both online and in print, and different tricks to try to stay ahead of all that needs to be accomplished. Some of them work-if we use them, but that is the key. Like all the other tools we use in our business, they only work if we use them properly.

Getting better organized boils down to being focused. Yeah, that's easily said, but it isn't all that easy. Focusing on a project requires enormous mental energy and strength and takes a lot of practice. Some of the most successful businesspeople I know have come close to mastering the art of focusing, but I don't know anyone who has perfected it.

    "I'm definitely a messy person... I know where everything is but I just can't organize. I don't make lists and find scripts on the laundry machine, and under my bed, or in the bathroom, kitchen. It's bad, I really need to take control."
      --- Katie Holmes

Here are four steps to remember that can help you become better organized. First, understand that it is important to focus on one thing, and one thing only. Multitasking is so 1990s and it doesn't work. If anyone tells you they are a good multitasker, believe them. They can work on a lot of tasks at the same time, but I can assure you that they do not complete them all successfully.

Write this down somewhere and tape it to your desk: Focus stands for Follow One Course Until Success. Memorize it and follow it daily.

    "Deadlines aren't bad. They help you organize your time. They help you set priorities. They make you get going when you might not feel like it."
      --- Harvey Mackay

Next, set realistic daily goals on your calendar. This is not a to-do list, but things you want to get accomplished that day. Then, use the Focus formula and complete each one in order of importance-not a few at the same time. Remember, that doesn't work!

    "Online one day, you log in, and you realize, 'This is not me.' Everything you're posting, you're doing it in the context of everything you've posted before. Let's delete everything, save the stuff that's important, and then you only have to organize the one per cent that's worth keeping."
      --- Evan Spiegel

Thirdly, set aside the last 20 minutes of your day to tie up loose ends. Use this time to respond to emails, voicemail, delegate tasks to team members for the next day, and file things away.

    "To get important work done, most leaders organize people into teams. They believe that when people collaborate toward a common goal, great things can happen. Yet in reality, the whole is often much less than the sum of the parts."
      --- Adam Grant

Finally, empower your team members to use the same formula for getting organized. Teach them how to focus and how to use their time wisely. When every individual is focused on being better organized and more efficient, then the entire business becomes more productive.

Feature Articles

Create Eye-Catching Designs...Just the Basics on Fonts and Distance
By Keri Collett

Basic color combinations, font styles, margins and graphics usage in successful designs at proper distances.
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Funny Signs

On an Atlantic City hotel restaurant:

    "Have your next affair here!"

In a French Hotel:

    "A sports jacket may be worn to dinner, but no trouser"

Ski lift sign in Colorado:

    "Going beyond this point may result in death and/or loss of skiing privileges"

We need those funny signs you have seen in your travels, come on, we know they are out there. Send them to us at:

Making Possible

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- Have an epic week,

Sean Scott

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