The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
Posted on January 15, 2014, under Time Management Skills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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