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Six Squidoo Time Management Tips from lensmaster britflorida

BritFloridaBritflorida 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

Robin Svedi aka rms is a Community Organizer and member of the Creative Team at Squidoo.com where her daily mission is to help lensmasters build better and more successful lenses about the things they know and love.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/graceonline Kathryn Grace

    Thanks for the helpful tips Robin and BritFlorida. There are a few here that might make a big difference in my work.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/TheCureForYouthMinistry TheCureForYouthMinistry

    Good stuff!

  • http://LifeInOut.com/ Susan Deppner

    You nailed Brit’s description, Robin. She’s prolific – and amazing! Great tips, Brit. Thanks for sharing your very simple and highly helpful secrets to time management!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/melaniekaren melaniekaren

    It was a really good idea to have BritFlorida share how she accomplishes so much so quickly and efficiently and still maintains top-notch work. I have noticed this about her, and I’m always amazed at how quickly she seems to get things done and also, probably more so, how she is able to do it all with such consistency! I thought perhaps she didn’t sleep. :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/esmonaco esmonaco

    Thanks for the advise, I have wondered how in the world does she get all of this done :) Thanks

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/esmonaco esmonaco

    Thanks for the advise, I have wondered how in the world does she get all of this done :) Thanks

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/esmonaco esmonaco

    Thanks for the advise, I have wondered how in the world does she get all of this done :) Thanks

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/EssyK101 EssyK101

    Thank you! :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/EssyK101 EssyK101

    Thank you! :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/yoursfoolie yoursfoolie

    What an awesome contribution! Thanks a gazillion!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/yoursfoolie yoursfoolie

    What an awesome contribution! Thanks a gazillion!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/katiesnow katiesnow

    Thanks for the helpful info!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/katiesnow katiesnow

    Thanks for the helpful info!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/mountainmistjewelry mountainmistjewelry

    Terrific tips! As an Anglophile, I found Britflorida lenses quickly and just love them.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/CherylFay CherylFay

    Great tips! That shower thinking is the best. I agree! :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/artbyrodriguez artbyrodriguez

    I really like the Desk Diary idea. It really helps to write things down, but, also, to be flexable with it.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/artbyrodriguez artbyrodriguez

    I really like the Desk Diary idea. It really helps to write things down, but, also, to be flexable with it.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/fadr-74 fadr-74

    Excelentes consejos.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/fadr-74 fadr-74

    Excelentes consejos.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/CalobrenaOmai CalobrenaOmai

    I don’t mind doing research but having knowledge on given topic is helpful. What shocked me was that just yesterday I managed to start and complete a lens within a couple of hours when compared to the 2 to 3 day method. It focused on book censorship at the college level. Even when I do know about my topic I like to research to make sure the info presented is correct and accurate. Was actually quite shocked to see one of my lens spike with visitors after sharing a quick link on Twitter. Now I got to go back and update some lenses. Thanks for sharing your tips with us. :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/fullofshoes fullofshoes

    Awesome tips. Thank you so much :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Brite-Ideas Brite-Ideas

    wonderful points here! I can personally attest to number 3 and 4, well all of them of course!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ruthi Ruthi aka abitosunshine

    Britflorida is indeed one productive gal! I’ll be sure to learn from her examples and apply them!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ruthi Ruthi aka abitosunshine

    Britflorida is indeed one productive gal! I’ll be sure to learn from her examples and apply them!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/nancycarol nancycarol

    A wonderful idea to have britflorida do this, Robin, thanks for that! And as for britflorida, she is one of the most prolific QUALITY lensmasters I know. There’s fast and there’s fast and good, and she fits the latter. Congrats britflorida!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/nancycarol nancycarol

    A wonderful idea to have britflorida do this, Robin, thanks for that! And as for britflorida, she is one of the most prolific QUALITY lensmasters I know. There’s fast and there’s fast and good, and she fits the latter. Congrats britflorida!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Wednesday_Elf Wednesday_Elf

    I’ve never been very good with Time Management working for myself. In an office during my working years – yes. At home – no. Brit’s tips will help a great deal (if I just apply myself…LOL). Thanks.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Wednesday_Elf Wednesday_Elf

    I’ve never been very good with Time Management working for myself. In an office during my working years – yes. At home – no. Brit’s tips will help a great deal (if I just apply myself…LOL). Thanks.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/favored1 favored1

    I’ve been checking out all these sites for tips and found lots of good info. Appreciate it.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/favored1 favored1

    I’ve been checking out all these sites for tips and found lots of good info. Appreciate it.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RenaissanceWoman2010 RenaissanceWoman2010

    You are the Squidoo hare and I am the tortoise. I appreciate tips that can help me produce more in less time. Thank you!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/adventuretravelshop adventuretravelshop

    Hi britflora! It’s great to read about how you do it – you’re a marvel! I just wanted to ask how do you evaluated what works? Do you use tools other than Squidoo’s stats? I just can’t seem to get things moving in terms of visits from people outside of Squidoo. I wonder how you get the thing rolling. Thanks very much for all this it’s so helpful.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/lbmiranda lbmiranda

    Enjoyed reading these tips in list form. I’ve been trying to do more of that in my lenses. I have always been taught to write about what you know. The family vacation is a great idea, by the way!!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/netminnow netminnow

    Thanks for sharing. It helped me get off on the right foot here!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/survivoryea survivoryea

    Thanks for the good tips

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Steve_Kaye Steve_Kaye

    Excellent ideas. Thank you for this post.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/kellylakelly kellylakelly

    Great ideas – Thank you so much !!!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/vikksimmons vikksimmons

    Great tips. Was happy to see I incorporate most of them. LOL I love my big low-tech desk diary.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/elainechen elainechen

    thank you very much for sharing such wonderful time management tips

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rajesh3raj rajesh3raj

    Not only great but easy to understand the fact to be a winner as Content writing. Thanks to share your experiences.
    @Britflorida

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/smine27 smine27

    Great list of tips Britflorida. Time management has always been the difficult factor for me. Thanks for these tips!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/angelatvs angelatvs

    Great to hear tips from such an accomplished lensmaster. Thank you for sharing!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Snakesmum Snakesmum

    Like Britflorida, I couldn’t work without several open tabs – saves so much time.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/DeniseMcGill DeniseMcGill

    So helpful! Thanks Robin and BritFlorida. Priceless.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Deborah-Diane Deborah-Diane

    I love these tips from BritFlorida … and I love her articles, too. Great lens!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RubyHRose RubyHRose

    Ha, I still don’t think she sleeps much, just kidding. Thank you so very much for this super time management list. My social butterfly skills keep me from getting the stories completed. Now, thanks to you there is hope! So awesome to have these Time Management tips so handy.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Sir_Daniel_UK Sir_Daniel_UK

    Well I can’t keep up with her. Who can write the amount of quality she does at the rate she does? Not me, that much is true!

    And the woman’s a prophet. She told me only a few days ago that I would make the home page. I go to log in this morning and lo and behold… :-)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/flinnie flinnie

    I am always looking for good useful tips, thanks.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/gottaloveit gottaloveit

    Excellent tips – all six!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/BestOfGeorge BestOfGeorge

    Thanks for all the tips. I have just started on Squidoo and these tips will really be helpful.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/kiddomcchrono kiddomcchrono

    Thanks for the tips, something to take into consideration to help me create future lenses and efficiently manage my time on Squidoo.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Tracy1973 Tracy1973

    Thanks for sharing the great tips!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/CreativeJasper CreativeJasper

    I like the bit about social media. I personally spend several hours a day on Facebook and need to start cutting back dramatically and putting in more work.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Debs Debs

    I also add Google news alerts to deliver news stories about subjects that interest me to my inbox…good for inspiration!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/susan-zutautas susan-zutautas

    Great tips! Thanks so much.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

    What great suggestions! Thanks Robin and Britflorida. I’m off to read your links. Facebook does seem to take me a long time. Appreciate the help.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RecycleGuru RecycleGuru

    I am new to Squidoo. so I am very appreciative for this lens. It was very helpful to me. Awesome!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/jsr54 jsr54

    Excellent tips that I hope to incorporate. Mostly I need more time which is frustrating! I do think the incorporation of the “how to’s” and the contributors have opened up a whole new way of thinking of ideas for me. It is an area I need suggestions to make me think of subjects so I’ve noticed my ideas have come more freely.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ronniestrong ronniestrong

    a lot to think about here, and then do something about

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/LiteraryMind LiteraryMind

    Sounds good — I can only aspire to be as organized as you — I don’t think it’s going to happen though.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/JasonEaves JasonEaves

    Nice lense.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/lovelylampin lovelylampin

    Awesome Information~!, Thanx so much for sharing~! ;)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Pipa-bipa Pipa-bipa

    These are great tips, I especially liked the first one – write about what you’re good at. The thing is, that sometimes it seems that so much has already been written on all the topics I’m good at, that it gets me thinking: do I really have anything new to say? But then again, I look at your last tip – to get inspired. I think these too work very well in combination. There are lots of ideas how to present old topics in a new way. Good advice, thanks :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/hjohn1024 hjohn1024

    Thanks Robin for these tips. I really did not realize that I could manage my time in so many areas. The social media posting tips were really awesome…

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/TellTales TellTales

    Nice tips! Thanks

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Marketsearch1 Marketsearch1

    Yeah, really good stuff. Taking control and having structure. Its an amazing feeling the amount of time that is freed up when you do proper planning. Good lens Robin…

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/grammieo grammieo

    Great ideas and a much needed lesson in wise use of time….thank you britflorida for sharing these with us.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/veryirie veryirie

    I’ve never committed to a real schedule for Squidoo. I think that is an excellent suggestion!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/partybuzz partybuzz

    Thanks for these great tips! Taking a walk works for me, to clear my head and get new ideas.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/alienbritt alienbritt

    Very helpful! Thank you!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/conniec123 conniec123

    Thanks! These are some great tips to use!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/JasonEaves JasonEaves

    Thanks for sharing. Great stuff.

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