I was way, way, behind the curve on the whole social media thing. As my favorite movie FBI agent says, “This is for little rubber people who don’t shave yet.” (Name the movie, and no, you don’t get to phone a friend.)
But, whether I am right or wrong is irrelevant as my clients and potential clients see social networking, social media, or whatever they are calling these days, as a critical part of my Internet based service offerings. And so, I am scrambling to create and develop a personal social networking media presence and a professional social networking media presence.
That means I have a couple dozen websites where I have a bare minimum profile and no idea of what the heck I am supposed to do.
Case in point: I have been “enhancing” some of my blogging posts from various sites with Buzznet tags. Why? Because it is one of the options in the dropdown box in Windows Live Writer. So, it must be a good place to put tags for your blog right?
Today, I actually went to the Buzznet site for the first time. Turns out, it is all about music and musicians, and not in a phony way like some other social networking sites. It really is just music.
So, here I am, sending over tags about credit cards. Doh!
Skip Organization and Time Management Systems
How will I ever be able to catch up and learn all of this?
Easy, by doing a little bit every day.
There are 900 million time management and organization books and websites and gurus and systems out there, and I have looked at many of them. End the end, most of them fail because they are even more time consuming than your regular life, or they just don’t fit how you do things. Frankly, the world is tricky enough without you trying to change who you are to fit a system that may or may not be the most efficient. A good time management system should adapt to you, not the other way around.
Anyway, while I wait for a better system, or develop my own, I use one simple principle to keep all the proverbial balls safely in the air. I do a little bit every day.
It sounds lame, but it works. Today, I clicked group 6 on my Firefox Speed Dial plug-in (best plug-in every, by the way) and opened up 9 various sites which I want to develop either for personal or professional reasons and did just a little bit on each one.
For example, I added two new books to my Library Thing profile. Not much, and I still have less than 10, but it is two more than I had yesterday, and it didn’t cost me any productivity since I added the two books that were sitting on the floor next to my desk because I hadn’t put them back again.
Check that out, Procrastination = Productivity. Hah! Take that 7 Traits of Dorks Who Run Around With File Folders, Colored Tabs, and Tape Recorders for Maximum Efficiency readers!