Britflorida is by far one of our most prolific lensmasters. She’s quick. She’s creative and she’s good. That’s why I asked her if she would share a tip or two about how she manages her time with us. She graciously said yes and then, in what felt like a flash, she sent me not one, not two, but six terrific tips. The way she creates her lenses, I guess I should have expected that.
If you do nothing else Squidoo-related this weekend, make time to read her tips and follow all of the links. Trust me. You won’t regret it.
And now without further ado, here’s what she had to share:
Six Squidoo Time Management Tips
1. Experts invariably tell writers to write about what they know. This is always valuable advice because knowledge of subject always shines through, but it’s also a great time management tip. It’s so much easier to write without having to do a lot of research. For example, in one lens, I wrote about the trials and tribulations of a family vacation. This was so fresh in my mind that it took less than an hour to create the lens. Ask me to write about the internal combustion engine or how to make perfect bread and I’d have to spend hours researching.
2. Creating a schedule can save a lot of time. I use a very low-tech method – a desk diary. Decide how much time you can devote to Squidoo every week or every day. Include checking latest activity, updating, new lens writing and image creation. I like to include upcoming events too such as Easter, or historical anniversaries. It doesn’t matter if you’re scheduling for every day or even a few hours a week; having your work written down in tangible form helps to make it a reality. Oh, and if you don’t stick to your schedule, the world won’t end – be flexible so that ‘real life’ can happen too!
3. There are plenty of tools that can help you organize your time. Squidoo provides many of these – for example, we can add our lenses to various social media in seconds using the buttons provided. Use your browser well by adding any buttons or bookmarks you may need.Your browser is your workshop/studio so it’s worth taking a little time to set it up. It’s also a good idea to make the most of tabbed browsing. For instance, if I am writing a lens I’ll have Wikipedia open in another tab in case I need to check a date or fact, Amazon open in another so that I can pick products and Google so that I can check a spelling or an obscure fact.
4. Evaluate what works. I like to check my stats regularly so that I can see where hits are coming from. If something isn’t working for me, then I either cut out that activity completely or spend less time. An example is a blog post I wrote this morning about ‘this week in history’. It took less than 15 minutes to write (with info from my low-tech diary) and I will monitor hits it brings. If it sends several hits to my lenses, then it’s worth 15 minutes a week. If not, I’ll abandon the idea. I like to experiment and evaluate.
5. Use social media quickly. I’ve heard so many people say that social media takes so much time, but it shouldn’t. It should take about five minutes a day and if you’re using apps on your phone, you can even do it when you’re in line at the grocery store. Simply follow the advice in this lens: Using social media in 5 minutes: Quick and easy
6. Getting inspiration can be easy. The wonderful thing about Squidoo is that we have an open brief – we can write about whatever we want and sometimes, that very freedom gives us a harder time when coming up with ideas. I used to waste a lot of time simply thinking. Now I have a long list of lenses I’m going to write someday and these ideas come from a) listening to talk radio when doing the dishes or cleaning the house b) my daily online paper tailored to my interests (it only takes a minute to skim the headlines) and my diary and anniversaries and landmarks that are coming up. But like most people, I have my best ideas in the shower!
Here’s a few more useful links from britflorida:
Using Paper.li Curation Service to Promote your Writing
The Top 10 Twitter Mistakes
Pinterest myths and tips
Simplify using Twitter with Tweetdeck