Best Way to Start Your Day

kcsi_nothingyetRemember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school. But many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room every day. You should too.

Don’t Check Your Email for the First Hour. Seriously. Stop That.
Tumblr founder David Karp will “try hard” not to check his email until 9:30 or 10 a.m., according to an Inc. profile of him. “Reading e-mails at home never feels good or productive,” Karp said. “If something urgently needs my attention, someone will call or text me.”

Not all of us can roll into the office whenever our Vespa happens to get us there, but most of us with jobs that don’t require constant on-call awareness can trade e-mail for organization and single-focus work. It’s a fine strategy for leaving the office with the feeling that, even on the most over-booked days, you got at least one real thing done.

Do the Big, Shoulder-Sagging Stuff First
Brian Tracy’s classic time-management book Eat That Frog gets its title from a Mark Twain saying that, if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, you’ve got it behind you for the rest of the day, and nothing else looks so bad. Gina Trapani explained it well in a video for her Work Smart series). Combine that with the concept of getting one thing done before you wade into email, and you’ve got a day-to-day system in place. Here’s how to force yourself to stick to it:

Choose Your Frog
“Choose your frog, and write it down on a piece of paper that you’ll see when you arrive back at your desk in the morning, Tripani advises.”If you can, gather together the material you’ll need to get it done and have that out, too.”

One benefit to tackling that terrible, weighty thing you don’t want to do first thing in the morning is that you get some space from the other people involved in that thing–the people who often make the thing more complicated and frustrating. Without their literal or figurative eyes over your shoulder, the terrible thing often feels less complex, and you can get more done.

Ask Yourself If You’re Doing What You Want to Do
Feeling unfulfilled at work shouldn’t be something you realize months too late, or even years. The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs told a graduating class at Stanford to do:
I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

“Customer Service”
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark answered the first hour question succinctly: “Customer service.” He almost certainly has bigger fish he could pitch in on every day, but Newmark says customers service “anchors me to reality.”

Your own version of customer service might be keeping in touch with contacts from year-ago projects, checking in with coworkers you don’t regularly interact with, asking questions of mentors, and just generally handling the human side of work that quickly gets lost between task list items. But do your customer service on the regular, and you’ll have a more reliable roster of helpers when the time comes.

A Cure for Kissing

Lauren was frustrated. She had complained dozens of times to her daughter about her newest gag of kissing the bathroom mirror immediately after applying lipstick, but it was all to no avail.

Finally, one day after spending a half hour scrubbing the mirror, only to find another kiss mark an hour later, Lauren had enough.

“Lizzy!” she hollered.

“What?” came her daughter’s reply through her bedroom door.

“I can’t find the toilet brush that I’ve been using to clean the bathroom mirror. Do you have any idea where it is?”

After hearing the gagging from behind the bedroom door, Lauren knew her days of cleaning kiss marks off of mirrors were over.

The Mysterious J. R. Hartley

This from Dan Lewis:

The book ‘Fly Fishing’ is indeed about fly fishing. It contains 127 pages about the hobby as described by author J.R. Hartley, of whom you’ve probably never heard unless, maybe, if you lived in the United Kingdom. The book is summarized on its Amazon page as follows: “Looking back on a lifetime of great fishing, the British angler shares his fondest memories of fly fishing in the chalk streams, spate rivers, and lochs of his native country.” It was published in 1991.

It seems like a pretty uninteresting book, unless you’re a fly fisherman or fly fisherwoman, and even then, 127 pages about memories of fly fishing seems like a lot. But there are three things about this book that make it stand out among all other fly-fishing books.

First, it was a best-seller. Yes, a best-selling book about fly fishing.

Second, the United Kingdom was first introduced to the book in 1983 — eight years before it hit bookstores.

And finally, J.R. Hartley didn’t write the book. He couldn’t have, because he didn’t actually exist.

But the man purporting to be author J.R. Hartley in the ad isn’t him, of course. It’s an actor playing the role of the previously non-existent (and still fictional) author of the previously non-existent (but now real) book on fly fishing. And while the advertisement was for a book, that book was the Yellow Pages, and not for a treatise on fly fishing — unless one considers a very small section under the letter “F” as dispositive of the other pages’ content.

Here’s a famous TV commercial:

The ad was very popular, sticking in the public consciousness for years to come. Many people throughout the region knew who J.R. Hartley was, that he was an expert on fly fishing, and that he was completely, totally, and utterly made up. Real or not, though, name recognition like that is valuable. Credit a fly fisherman named Michael Russell for capitalizing on Hartley’s Yellow Book-created fame. He not only wrote a book about fly fishing, but he did so using Hartley’s name as a pseudonym. And he cashed in: the book sold more than 100,000 copies, according to the Guardian. Well done, Mr. Russell.

Happiness? What One Thing Would Cinch It For You?

Everyone has challenges and responsibilities and has a cross to bear, in one way or another. But everyone also has an ideal dream, a condition or situation that would, to them, be absolutely perfect.

blog_happinessgameDownload the image above and open it, full-sized, on your screen. Go through the sections and truly ask yourself the question “What would make me the happiest?”.

We’d love to hear your answer.





Multi-Currency in SIMMS 2014

simms_globesSIMMS’ Multi-Currency in Inventory Control
• Assign a default currency for any inventory item.
• Conduct business using different buy and sell rates.
• Associate unique vendor pricing and indicate specific currencies to
be used for vendors.

SIMMS’ Multi-Currency in Purchase Orders and Receipt of Goods
• Vendor’s currency identified and reflected in transactions.
• The ability to over-ride the default vendor currency at the transaction

SIMMS’ Multi-Currency in Order Entry
• Integrated in sales order processing, invoicing and quoting — the
customer’s currency is identified and reflected in transactions.

SIMMS’ Multi-Currency in Accounts Payable
• Assign a default currency for each vendor and change defaults
at any time.
• Assign currencies to individual checking accounts and print checks
in that currency.
• Display your customer transactions in the currency assigned to
them or your base currency.
• Print your customer statements to reflect your base currency or the
sale currency.

SIMMS’ Multi-Currency in Accounts Receivable
• Assign a default currency for each customer and change defaults
at any time.
• Your customer can now pay in whatever currency you have pre-configured
in SIMMS. This enables you to process payment for part of a customer sale in one currency and select an alternate currency to pay the balance owing.

SIMMS’ Multi-Currency in POS (Point of Sale)
• Charge your POS customer in your base currency or their assigned currency.
• Override the default defined customer currency on-the-fly during a POS ticket.
• SIMMS POS will let you know how much in the selected currency has to be paid to fully pay off the sales ticket.
• Close your shift and view the amounts received in multiple currencies.

Materials Requisition with SIMMS 2014

SIMMS Inventory Management software’s Materials Requisition program permits all sales agents to have their own stand-alone SIMMS system and have their own customers and only one vendor (the host company). Hosts can export customers and inventory items or import and fill material requisitions and backordered material requisitions. Agents can import customers, inventory master, filled material requisitions or create material requisitions.

The host (main company) can export inventory from within the program (the item setups) to an XML file. On the agent’s system, the agent subsequently imports the file through the Import Inventory feature. Using the XML format for such data exchanges, both databases remain current and contain identical transactions and transfers.

Material Requisitions runs independently of SIMMS and links to the SIMMS data, and will be installed on both machines and the database connections made will be to local databases: the host/master’s full product database at the host’s site, and the client/agent’s database at the client’s site (the term site here is used as a relative reference, respective of any clients making remote connections to their databases).

The Material Requisitions feature makes the management of agents’ territories and sites easy and quick and guarantees that no steps are missed out in the process of filling the needs of agents and their customers.

Inventory Snapshot

Imagine getting an instant snapshot of your inventory anytime you need it!

Using SIMMS 2014, it takes just one click of a button.

simms_snapshotAll the various details about stock — such as items On Order, On Hold for a particular sale, Back-ordered quantities, Expiration Dates, and so on — being there for your reference and your command. SIMMS does it for you, all on a single window.

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The SIMMS 2014 VIM

With SIMMS 2014, all you need to do to get your pre-existing customers, balances, inventory and transactions into SIMMS so that you can start the day’s business with current data, the Visual Import Manager (VIM) is your easy answer.

image015Using your current software (even if you have been logging things into an MS Excel spreadsheet) you can merely select your SIMMS database (information) file and the Excel file that holds your data then have the VIM do all the work for you, filling SIMMS with all of your data so that you can do business.

To learn more about how SIMMS 2014 can make your business experience easier and more accurate, visit or email today.