Does your “to do” list seem to grow longer and longer regardless of your efforts? If your life is out of control, it could be because you believe and practice one or more of the excuses below about how we manage our time to get things done.
Excuse # 1 – I work so hard!
The more you sweat, the more you get. Edison perpetuated this excuse with his definition of genius. Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. We often overstate the value of hard work. Working harder does not necessarily mean you are working smarter.
Are you looking for ways to optimize your time and effort when it comes to networking? Today, it takes a combination of using both online and offline strategies to make your connections count and help you grow your business. By joining groups in social networks, you can connect with prospects and referral sources to build relationships before you meet them in person. By strategically searching for events, you can spend more time at functions that also attract your ideal clients. Start at the web sites below and get networking!
LinkedIn – Your LinkedIn profile is only the first step in leveraging this powerful platform that is geared specifically to helping professionals connect with professionals. To expand your reach beyond your connections, look to join groups that will help you connect and share with your peers, purchasers of your products/services, and referral sources. Continue reading »
While many people only see LinkedIn as an online resume, savvy business people know that this social media platform is a great resource to help build your business and generate leads.
Wayne Breitbarth, LinkedIn expert and author of “The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kickstart Your Business, Brand and Job Search” was a guest on Blog Talk Radio 30 Minute Business Dig and shared his best tips to getting the most out of this social media platform in just 15 minutes a day!
First, the there are two basic principles you need to follow with LinkedIn: 1) the more connections you have the better it will work for you, and 2) you must include keywords and personal branding stories in your profile.
According to Wayne, a great rule of thumb is “100 and 100,” which means get at least 100 connections and get your profile completed to 100%.
Here are Wayne’s top 6 tips to building your business using LinkedIn in 15 minutes a day.
Make sure you respond to the messages in your inbox. Be responsive to people or you will miss opportunities.
Be sure to invite the people you’ve met recently. Be proactive by inviting people to connect with you and do not use the standard (default) invitation message in your request. Give the person a reason to connect. Also do not to do it from your mobile device, since this will only use the default message. Once you connect, see if you can follow up in person.
Go through the previous discussions in your groups or post your own discussion. Share your expertise, and people will see you as the key authority in that space. Jump into discussions and help people.
Review status updates from the previous day.
Be sure to post your own status updates. Best practice – get started with one a day between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Always have a link on your status update for more information.
Stay on top of your friends and who they are meeting because you might want to meet those people too. Use the “recently connected” feature.
Wayne tips on using LinkedIn in 15 minutes a day can be downloaded on this PDF doc. Listen to the entire interview below.
Facebook has finally provided page owners with the ability to schedule posts in advance. Now, admins have the option to schedule posts anywhere from 10 minutes prior to publishing or as far as 6 months in advance. If you have been using third party scheduling sites, such as Hootsuite or Tweetdeck to increase efficiency and time management, but feared losing news feed optimization because of third party apps, now you can plan ahead and schedule right within Facebook.
Here’s how it works.
When posting a new status, in the status update box, there is a clock in the lower left hand corner. Upon clicking it, the user will be asked to pick a year, followed by the month, date, hour and minute.
Click ‘schedule,’ and the post will be sent to the activity log.
Under your activity log, “schedule posts” now appears. Displaying the date and time of when the future update will be posted.
If admins wish to change the time or cancel the post entirely, they can do so under ‘Scheduled Posts.’
The new scheduling feature is a great resource to manage your time while increasing the number of posts made the best times of the day for engagement. With the new admin roles, page owners should be reminded that only managers and content creator admins have the option of scheduling posts.
For more information, go to the Facebook help center page regarding scheduling, click here – http://ow.ly/buTmJ.
Does your “to do” list seem to grow longer and longer regardless of your efforts?
If your life is out of control, it could be because you believe and practice one or more of the myths below about how we manage our time to get things done.
Myth # 1 – The more you sweat, the more you get. Edison perpetuated this myth with his definition of genius. Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. We often overstate the value of hard work. While you may be working hard in one area of your life, you may be failing in others such as family, marriage, school etc.
Myth # 2 – Activity means productivity. Don’t confuse activity with results. We can measure activity and it may become an end in itself. Activity should be a means, not an end. Continue reading »