Mastering Google Plus (Or Any New Skill or Subject)? Have a Time Plan!

Posted on January 15, 2014, under Time Management Skills.

Google Plus Time PlanMastering Google Plus – or anything new – requires two things:  knowledge and practice.

And those two things require your time.  Not just time, either, although it is absolutely necessary.  The more that the time you spend is focused time the more productive that investment of time  will be.

We’ve written here in the past about finding time for mastery using deliberate practice,  and that absolutely applies to your mastery of Google Plus.  Mindful focus at regular intervals will take you far in this new world of on-line networking.

Learning Google Plus: Set Aside Overwhelm

Google Plus at first blush can look like a complex and daunting platform to learn.  That’s true of anything new, certainly – and learning Google Plus is made more complicated (and more rewarding) by its integration into all things Google.

Put simply, there are lots of details to assimilate.  So what can you do?

Like any task, break it all down into small chunks!  And for each piece, I’d suggest chunking your time even further, so that you spend part of the time reading/researching a new task, and the other part practicing what you’ve just read about.  This goes a long way to solidifying your learning – especially if you schedule a second brief practice session 3 or 4 hours later.

Learning Google Plus: LIMIT Your Time!

This process – learning a new on-line skill – can be fascinating and fun, as well as daunting.  It is quite easy to get ‘lost’ in an on-line task and spend much more time than you had intended.

For that reason, I urge you to set and maintain very clear time boundaries as you explore Google Plus!  And to do that, I highly recommend using a timer.

Decide how much time you are going to devote to learning, and how much time to practice, and stick to those timeframes.  This allows you to keep the task manageable.  Especially where social-networking is involved, one thing can lead to another and another … and before you know it you’ve eaten up more time than you could afford.

Learning Google Plus:  BALANCE Your Time

As many have mentioned in the comments, Google Plus isn’t likely to replace your other social networking and marketing efforts.  So part of your time plan is likely going to need to include time for your usual activities.

In order to manage this well, it is helpful to know how much time you normally spend in venues like Facebook.  Once you have that overview, you can consider tweaking your time to allow for learning and practicing Google Plus.  This has the advantage of using time you’d already allocated to networking and marketing.

It also may help you to more consciously contrast the benefits of the two platforms.

Learning Google Plus: Other Learning and Time Tips

  • It’s always helpful to track what you’re learning, as well as your questions.  Use a tool like Evernote – or even just Word or Excel – to keep track of tidbits that you are learning.  And maintaining this material on your computer keeps it at your fingertips when you are exploring Google Plus.
  • Speaking of Evernote, it is also an excellent place for clipping articles that you want to read in the future.  You can even assign dates to them and send yourself reminders.  That way, you can pretty much create your own on-line course in Google Plus, with daily reading assignments!
  • Practice, practice, practice.  This is what lets you assimilate what you are learning and make it yours.  As you chunk your time, make your practice time at least twice what you assign to gathering/reading articles and information.
  • Keep to the time boundaries you set.  This builds self trust and keeps the task manageable.  If you get immersed in Google Plus and spend an entire afternoon exploring it, you may learn useful things – BUT you are less likely to return to it because you’ve let it rob time from other things – and you’ve lost trust in yourself.
  • If you are someone who learns best by immersing herself in a subject, then you can certainly set aside larger chunks of time.  The key is to do it consciously and to stick with whatever you decide!

I hope that you find these tips helpful as you develop your time plan for mastering Google Plus!

Here’s to your time success …

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There are 4 Responses to “Mastering Google Plus (Or Any New Skill or Subject)? Have a Time Plan!”

#1 Lisa Mallis - 15 January, 8:44 AM

Paula -

Great post! I’m currently following a similar process with my marketing copy. I’ve blocked out 3 – 4 pm each day to research and implement. By the end of two weeks – it’s the equivalent to attending an all day workshop.

#2 nicole - 15 January, 8:45 AM

I’m still learning Google+, but it’s getting better. And I love Evernote!

#3 Paula Eder - 15 January, 9:18 AM

I love how you frame this, Lisa! It definitely adds a helpful perspective, seeing the equivalency with an all-day workshop. Thanks for your contribution to the discussion!

#4 Paula Eder - 15 January, 9:19 AM

Hi Nicole – So glad to hear that you are making progress with Google+. That makes all the difference, doesn’t it? And I agree, Evernote (especially with the added feature of Reminders) is a wonderful tool!

I'd love to hear what you think!

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