Top 10 benefits of color coding

stop lightDuring the course of your busy work day you can benefit from simple color codes to help determine what’s due today (green), what deadlines you may have missed (red) and which projects or clients you need to be aware of dealing with in the next 7-10 day period (yellow/gold). It turns out this is the same color configuration used for traffic signals at all major road intersections which make them inherently hard wired into your mind set and most applicable to setting your business and client project timing.

According to the web site understanding graphics here’s a list of why color coding works. Let us know if you think there are others that help from a business point of view.

1. To speed visual search (a la subway maps)

2. To improve object recognition

3. Enhance meaning

4. Convey Structure

5. Establish Identity

6. For Symbolism

7. Improve Usability

8. To Communicate Mood

9. To Show Associations

10. To Express Metaphors

Dave Oshlag has been helping companies large and small stay organized and focus on the right projects for more than 25 years.  His specialty is saving hours of time wasted on disorganized systems without spending thousands of dollars. He’s best known for enabling massive changes in productivity with tools like W5 Templates that are simple, streamlined and get people organized quickly.

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