I’ve often talked to my clients about how Social Media is like a school yard.
I think there are some distinct groups represented:
Let’s look at them…
This is an easy one; there are many users, businesses, organisations and general peeps who are madly giving you value, ‘how to’ tips and information to help you do whatever you are trying to do….awesome!
Hmmm…just like the world there are people who are using the internet to take advantage of you. Be aware and always ask the extra questions to make your self more comfortable…not so great.
These are the guys at the gym that are lifting weights in the mirror! Lot of eye candy but not much substance. These are the many ’10 weirdest family photos’ type sites. Spend brief amounts of time to enjoy the view and not too much that you waste valuable working time…ok in short bursts but serious time waste otherwise!
There’s so many of them! Here’s a few of my ‘go-to’ cool kids!
I listed this post on the front page last week and thought that I would keep a copy here.
Monday – Spend some time with a plan!
Tuesday – As you are working through the plan…ditch work that isn’t a necessary prority this week
Wednesday – Keep at the main tasks but take a few deep breaths just for you today. Check out my blog (tab above) to see a picture for a nice visual ‘big deep breath’
Thursday – Rewrite task list to clear your head
Friday – Set a realistic goal for achivement before the weekend
Funny how everything is urgent in the life of a consultant!
Sometimes good time management plans are reduced to completing the most urgent (read the one that is calling the loudest!) and frantically adding a little effort to all the other tasks to keep the requests at bay.
A good tactic is to stop working so frantically on the task, or tasks, and spend a little time planning…it seems weird to add some planning time (yep, another task!) into an already bursting schedule but it works.
Usually it only takes a little time to regroup and break down the possibly daunting tasks and create a smoother track to completion.
Recently I read a blog article titled ‘Two $100 products that will save your digital life’.
Following on from the usual back up call; make.sure.you.back.up with an external hard-drive, Andrew Ballard from ReBusiness suggests finding a ‘swap buddy’ with whom you swap a second external hard-drive to keep on a different premises than your original files (ie computer and any initial back up)
I think it’s a great idea. I love a good back up plan and as my middle name should really have been ‘plan b’, this ticks all the boxes of a great solution.