Someone asked me the other day how I managed to get so much done in one day. I have never really given it much thought until now. Everyone works at their own speed and what works for one person may not work for everyone. What works for me is to remain focused on my goals. Doing so gives me a sense of accomplishment. I think my deadline-oriented history as a journalist provided me with a solid training ground.
Here are some of the tactics I use that might be helpful for you.
Start the day early: I get up around 6 a.m. and plow through my emails and skim social media (it takes about 15 minutes) before getting ready for work. I have read articles that suggest this only serves to derail your day, but the hour between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. is my creative time because the kids are still in bed, so it works for me and helps me to organize my day.
Get easy things out of the way: Once the kids are up and preparing themselves for school (thank goodness they are old enough now), I grab a cup of coffee and head to my home office to see what other items I can get out of the way. Perhaps I might look for something to post to LinkedIn or Twitter for a client, or maybe I will search for a blog idea that I can start writing about later in the day for another client. Whatever it is, I make sure it’s something quick and easy that can be accomplished in under 30 minutes.
Much has been written about LinkedIn photos, so it simply amazes me when I start perusing potential LinkedIn contacts and see so many outright blunders. In the span of 10 minutes the other day I found more than a half dozen no-no photos. Let’s see if you can see yourself or others in these examples.
The anonymous silhouette: This is the default (your photo here) picture that really isn’t a picture at all. Let’s face it, many of us, myself included, may not like how we look through the lens, but if you are looking to network, then you are going to have to come out from the shadows. If you’re that concerned about how you look, spend a few bucks on a professional photographer, they can do wonders with good lighting and a nip and tuck via Photoshop.
The in-your-face shot: This is the person whose photo was either taken so close you can almost see their pores, or the photo was cropped so tight they look like they are being squeezed out of a ketchup bottle. Back it up folks, this photo is way too creepy, and it makes you look like you’re coming through my computer screen.
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