An Invitation!

We would like to invite you to come by the Northern California Facilities Expo on September 22nd and 23rd  to visit with Customized.   We can chat about Day Cleaning or about how effective cleaning with water (!) can really be.  We’ll be in booth #433 and will be registering our guests for a chance to win a home model of the ActiveIon product, the Ionater.  This link will take you to a short video featuring Bill Nye, the Science Guy to explain the concept of cleaning with ionized water.

Here’s the link to the Expo site for more information regarding times, seminars,  speakers and location.

See you at the Expo!

Visiting the Past

After taking the month of July off from blogging due to lazy brain syndrome, ideas are whirling around Customized again.  For fun, however, I am visiting the past today……..this vacuum cleaner is circa 1910 and has bellows that power the suction… you guessed it, you ride it like a teeter totter to get the pneumatics going.  Maybe just the thing for use as a “quiet vac” in a day cleaning program?  And, you would have killer leg muscles to boot!    

Happy August!  Be back next week……

Current Events

‘Tis the season – for tradeshows and golf events!  Where to catch Customized in the next few weeks?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010  Come and celebrate the second anniversary of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Silicon Valley Chapter.  The event is from 5:30p.m. to 8:00p.m. and Customized will be one of 25 green vendors in the Expo.  Here’s a link to the website for the event with location within Santa Clara University and directions.


Friday, May 21, 2010  Golf anyone?  IFMA Silicon Valley will be at the Cinnabar Golf and Country Club for this annual event.  Customized will be having fun on the putting green – make sure you take part in the putting contest!  More information on the flyer linked below.


Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Living a Balanced Life – Time Management

Our “theme” this month is innovation and change; Check  the post entitled “When in Rome, Don’t Do as the Romans Do.”  Today’s viewpoint might actually spur some thoughts toward a CHANGE for you Type A’s out there:

The primary thought here is that if we get really good at time management, we might actually have more time for relaxation and the “fun” of life.  Of course, this can backfire for those of us who truly don’t know when to stop working.  More hours in my day?  More hours to get things done!  So, at its core, the concept of balance has to be embraced!  Let’s just say we do agree that it would be desirable to have more balance, or, more hours to relax, unwind, exercise, watch a movie, etc.

One of my favorite business writers, Jeffrey Gitomer, has this to say about time management:

“Time management – what’s important now?

Lessons in time management are pretty much a waste of time.  You know what to do.  You even know when to do it.  What you need is a lesson in procrastination.  Or lessons in higher self-image.  Or a lesson in fear of rejection.  Or a lesson in preparation.  Those lessons will allow you to execute the things that in your own mind you believe you, “don’t have time for,” but in reality you are just avoiding them.”

One of the traits I like so much about this writer’s style is that he’s blunt, to the point, excuses nothing and accepts no excuses.  Of course, there are days I would rather protest that he’s wrong, that, in fact, I just have TOO MUCH TO DO.  No amount of time management would help?  But, then I read the one about preparation again, and, yes, I do take some time ramping up when I don’t have an adequate plan.  Or, I can add one more…..when I don’t know HOW to do something, I procrastinate and the entire time management cycle is thrown off and slowed down if not stopped while I dither and get distracted by whatever is in front of me that I DO know how to accomplish.

Customized Intern, Aurora Velez, did some research on the topic and she offers these three “Quick Tips” for breaking the cycle, using time more effectively and “moving toward the activities you enjoy”.

Quick Tip #1

Write down all your goals for the Next Day the previous night

Quick Tip #2

Turn off all electronic devices and communication.  Just use what you really need to accomplish your task;  paper, computer, etc.

Quick Tip #3

Set a schedule for all your work tasks and do not stop until you have completed each task – no cheating – one task at a time

A balanced life leads to a healthier you!

When in Rome, DON’T do as the Romans Do!

Last year brought us to the clear realization that THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE! That has a great deal to do with the current Presidential Administration and those who can affect change on that level.  However, we do have great influence over our small piece of the world.

Many companies reacted by downsizing and rightsizing to reduce costs and save money.   We, however, chose not to focus on the weakened economy and the negative impact it caused.  Instead, we channeled our resources towards the future.  Rather than deviate from our strategic model of delivering high-level service and growth, we chose to maintain our staffing levels and invested in new talent to help position ourselves for the next wave of positive business.  Internally, we are asking hard questions, managing costs more effectively, communicating more and more effectively than ever before.

From one very innovative young  property manager  we heard,  “I’m doing everything I’ve been doing differently,” and in her case it meant showing space in a mixed-use project after work hours and on weekends.  She has filled her buildings.

A New Year, a New Decade, a New Mantra……When in Rome, DON’T do as the Romans Do!

Blogging: Interactive? Why No Response?

I subscribe to RSS feeds from a few blogs and am a regular contributor to A Customized Viewpoint so on some level I will label myself a “blogger.”  So, why is it that I have never posted a response – even when I have something I was  just “burning” to contribute?  By the way, I have emailed the author or forwarded to a friend, etc., so it’s not like I never react to blog content. Now that I am actually seeking interaction through this blog, I decided to at least put some thought into why no response?

Top 3 Reasons I Don’t Respond to Blogs

No time.  I’m lucky to get them scanned, much less actually type a response.

I don’t understand.  Okay, so if I do post this response, who will see it, and, will it be available for view in archives (like forever) or does it go away once the initial posting goes away?

Membership?  No way, I don’t need another membership just to comment on a blog.

Okay, so there it is…,

How about you?  A response?

Customized recognized for promoting diversity

The Northern California Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting diversity in the marketplace.

A core component of the corporate culture and operating philosophy of Customized Performance is giving back to our local community.

Read about this in the NCMSDC monthly newsletter

Customized Performance Recognized by Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

On September 29, 2009, Customized Performance was formally recognized with a proclamation from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors for achieving the county’s Green Business Certification.

Read the proclamation.

The Power of Goal Setting

Study about goals at Harvard MBA program, 1979.
From the book What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School by Mark McCormack:
One study conducted on students in the 1979 Harvard MBA program asked the question, “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?

3 percent of the graduates had written goals and plans;

13 percent had goals, but they were not in writing;

84 percent had no specific goals at all.

Ten years later, the members of the class were interviewed again, and the findings were astonishing. The 13 percent of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84 percent who had no goals at all. And what about the three percent who had clear, written goals? They were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent put together.

I say that we forget about resolutions and move on to clear, written goals for 2010!