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76% of Sign Pros Keep a Morning Routine

DO YOU OR DON’T YOU? “Without order is chaos,” an Arkansas sign pro says.





Do you have a routine for starting the day?

Yes: 76%

  • Start coffee, take pets out, drink coffee, read 10 pages of a book, stretch for eight minutes, then get ready for work. — Renato Pinto, CDL Electric Co., Carl Junction, MO
  • Focus on approved jobs and go over with the team. — David Delossantos, D-Signs & Awnings Inc., Allentown, PA
  • Checking email and updating the daily/weekly task list. — Thomas Turner, Bakers’ Signs, Conroe, TX
  • By starting my day on purpose I get more accomplished and don’t allow myself to get pulled in every direction. — Lloyd Graves, Signarama Louisville East, Louisville, KY
  • I find comfort in routines. — Steven Carpenter, Archetype, Minneapolis

  • I arrive well before my staff and do a quick check of email for any new contacts, then run through the production schedule and plan the daily work list. Once production has their list, I prepare new estimates and follow-up on pending estimates. — Jeffrey Fusaro, Fastsigns of Pflugerville, Pflugerville, TX
  • Without order is chaos! — Jasper Burton, Cuerden Sign Co., Conway, AR

No: 24%

  • I spend so much of my time planning everything else in my life, giving myself the freedom to go at my own pace in the morning is my version of self care. — Jamie Potvin, Metro Sign & Awning, Tewksbury, MA
  • I’m not proud of it, but each day seems to start with its own challenges. Which employees show up, what installs need to be done so I can make sure the installers get out the door at a reasonable time, what day of the week is it (because we have certain meetings on certain days), do I have urgent emails, etc.? On a personal level, I definitely have a routine. — Carl Heinlein, Cincinnati Custom Signs, Cincinnati


Are you personally planning to attend the ISA International Sign Expo in Atlanta, May 4-6?

Maybe/haven’t decided yet
Other (other team members attending, “I wish!”)

One Quick Question

How do you tackle a tradeshow?

No strategy — just dive in
Start with my shop’s needs and work down
Other (strategic targets, never been, a bar first)
Directional — start at one end
Start with the new suppliers/products

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