My Experience with LinkedIn

A few weeks ago, I shared my struggles with social media and my new plan going forward. I decided that I was going to spend a month focused on LinkedIn.

Image by PeteLinforth (2016) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Image by PeteLinforth (2016) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Well, a month has passed and I can say that the experience was successful, albeit, not perfect. Here are a few things about my experience:

1. I way underestimated the time I would have. As some of you may know, I home school my son and he started 6th grade this year. He has the most work he has had so far and it is demanding a lot more time from me than I expected.

Still, on average, I was able to sign into LinkedIn about 3-4 times a week for about 10 minutes so so. That’s not too bad given the fact that I wasn’t on LinkedIn at all for a very long time!

2. I made a few unexpected connections. I only have 59 connections so far but this is about 15 more than I had before this experiment. 🙂 I took a chance and invited a few well-known people to connect and they all said yes. This may date me but one cool connection I made is with Anson Williams. If you are familiar with the long running TV series Happy Days, Williams played Potsie. He is now also a noted director and businessman.

3. The groups are better I expected. There are a lot of groups to choose from but rather than join one a day, I decided just to join four new ones. I wasn’t expecting much engagement but I figured I’d give it a try. Well, I discovered that I enjoy the groups a lot. The ones I’ve joined aren’t crazy active but they are steady and useful. I do need to get more personally active with posting and I am hoping to start doing that soon.

4. I have more to learn about LinkedIn. One of the things I learned this month is that you can post articles directly into LinkedIn. It is like a built-in blog system. I want to experiment with it and write a few blog posts there. It will be interesting to see how it compares with my blog here.

As I spend more time there, I’m sure I will discover new ways of using LinkedIn. By the way, feel free to send me an invite to connect!

VERDICT: Success! I will definitely continue my presence on LinkedIn and hopefully be valuable, contributing member of this social platform.

Now, I have to decide on the next social media platform where I will spend some time. Part of me thinks it should be Facebook but I shiver at the thought. I do spend some time there for personally connecting with family and friends, and I have a neglected page for my personal blog; however, the thought of using Facebook for business purposes make me shiver. Silly, I know. It is one of the most popular social networking sites and I feel like I SHOULD be on Facebook rather than WANT to be on Facebook.

Another social media website I am considering is Goodreads. I have heard a lot of good things about Goodreads and it is definitely up my alley. 🙂 Additionally, because it is a social media site for book lovers, I will absolutely have the chance to connect with other authors. So, in the end, I will sign up with Goodreads. I will let you know how it goes next month.

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Five Strategies for Beating Procrastination

Piggybacking off of my earlier series on time management, I want to offer a few tips on beating procrastination because it is certainly a time waster, and if taken to the extreme, can stunt your success.

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So, let me ask you this:

  • Do you ever get overwhelmed by the things you need to do that you don’t do anything?
  • Does your time get sucked away, wasted on social media sites?
  • Are you sometimes swayed by the dishes, vacuum or other household duty calling your name when trying to work?

If you do, you are not alone. Here are some tactics I use on those days I just can’t get focused or motivated to do what I need to do:

1. Analyze it. Ask yourself:  Exactly why am I putting this off? What is the core issue here? Fear? Laziness? Don’t like the task at hand? What can I do to overcome this issue? Do I absolutely HAVE to do this? Can I pass it on to my assistant or someone else? Can I just let it go and not get it done at all?

Once you’ve analized the reasons behind your procrastination, it is time to make a decision. Immediately do the task, delegate the task, or drop the task off your to-do list.

2. Use a timer. This is a well-known technique that I use a lot. I set the timer for as long as I think something should take to be finished (or for how much time I have available) and then I get to work doing what I can within that duration. When the timer goes off I either move on to the next thing or, depending on the particular task, I’ll reset the timer and do it again.

What makes this technique effective is that it helps keep you focused on the topic on had during that specific time you are “racing against the clock.”

3. Unplug the phone. If you get a lot of calls or find yourself interrupted by calls consistently and cannot bear to NOT answer the phone – thus distracting you from your work – try turning it off. If it is your cell phone that is the problem, set it to silence/mute and turn off the notifications. Just don’t forget to turn it back on later!

Here’s an extra tip: Make it a standard policy that all phone calls be scheduled.  This will help you plan your work rotation, and will allow you to focus on doing your best work without distractions.

4. Use LeechBlock. LeechBlock is a Firefox add-on that blocks whatever websites  you designate for as long as you specify. In other words: If Facebook is a sucker for you, you can set LeechBlock to block access to Facebook during those times you need to focus your attention elsewhere. (Of course, you still need to be disciplined here. It’s easy to disable or change the block, which would defeat the purpose of setting it in the first place!)

5. Get over yourself. As silly as it sounds, I consider myself a ‘recovering perfectionist’. Why? Because sometimes I get so hung up on doing what I’m doing “so perfectly” that it paralyses me into doing nothing. Please tell me I’m not alone here! Case in point: I have been wanting to start creating more videos for a long time now; but, for fear of not getting it perfect, or making a fool of myself, I have been putting it off. But you know what? Sometimes good enough is good enough. Finally, I just have to let go of my fear of perfection and do it. (I do have three videos, but you can’t see my face. 🙂 )

Therefore, if you are putting off doing something because it might not be perfect, NOW is the time to shake that off and get moving!

Finally, here is a bonus strategy:

6. Bribe yourself. (A.K.A. reward yourself.) Tell yourself that as soon as you finish completing your task or assignment, you will… get that massage, read that book, etc. It doesn’t have to be big, just give yourself something to look forward to when you are finished with your work.

Now it is your turn. What’s your best strategy in dealing with procrastination? Let me know in the comments.

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