Find Time for January’s Time Finder Favorites … and Something Special!

Finding time for the monthly ritual of reflecting back on last month’s top Time Finder posts is always something that I thoroughly enjoy.  This month, it’s especially special for me, as I am also, today, launching a new book that I co-authored!  It’s called Stepping Stones to Success … and I’ll share more about it in a second.

But first, January’s Top 5 Posts!

The most read post for January was our post titled Find Time to Collaborate Using Google Docs.  As we noted in the post:  “The ability to chat and/or see real-time edits to your documents (without having to refresh your screen) makes communication and collaboration so easy!”  In addition, Google Docs makes simple file-sharing much easier.

Second on our list was another “Time and Technology” post titled Find Time to Extend Your Blog’s Reach with Tweet Old Post.  Have you tried this Twitter tool yet?  It offers a really easy way to keep your blog content circulating.

Another technical time-saving post came in at #3 on our list.  Find Time to Drop Everything .. in Your Own Dropbox explores Dropbox and the ways you can use it to share material and save time.

Coming in at 4th and 5th on our list were a post titled Find Time to Explore Your Heart and Mind with Mindmapping and another titled Find Time for Some Writing Tips from Yours Truly in which I share about being a featured case study on the EzineArticles.com Blog … along with sharing some tips!

And now … as we enter a new month, I am really happy to share about my book launch!

Stepping Stones to Success addresses key life challenges and success solutions in areas like time management, life balance, and spiritual health. It includes chapters by 19 experts who “share strategies for mastering business, life, and relationships.” I am honored to be included among renowned authorities like Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, and Dr. Denis Waitley.

In my chapter Secrets of Heart-Based Time Management I share my proven system for harnessing the power of your mind, your body and your spirit to help you identify and prioritize your goals and create your path for achieving them.   I am so excited to offer this unique and actionable information to you!

Through February 21, we are offering Stepping Stones to Success to readers of The Time Finder for a special, low price.  Don’t miss out – click this link to get the details!

The in depth interviews contained in this book provide practical and heart-based ideas to get you moving as you embrace yourself and your own uniqueness! Give yourself the gift of this wonderful resource today, and get started on your journey toward success in 2011, Stepping Stone by Stepping Stone …

What if you could find another hour every day? You can! You are invited to sign up for your FREE Finding Time Success Kit. It puts 3 key tools for your time success right into your hands! Grab it and see how you can recharge your energy, reduce overwhelm and frustration, and come to learn that 24 hours really ARE enough!

Let’s explore time together …

Find Time To Learn That the Best Isn't Always What You Need!

Finding time to be the best that you can be, and give yourself the best tools to get you there is a worthy goal for each of us. However, as many of us may have learned the hard way, striving for excellence is not the same as striving for perfection.

This holds true in many areas, and it’s no less true when thinking about the tech tools that we use to make our work lives easier.

On Monday when I was blogging about Evernote, I checked back over some earlier posts where I had written about other helpful technological tools. One of the things that struck me was just how many great tools there are out there … and how frequently they change and new ones appear!

If you take a look at Twitter, just as an example, there are hundreds upon hundreds of applications that are aimed at making the Twitter experience easier, more accessible, and more fun. Just think of the number of Social Media Dashboards there are.  Names like HootSuite, TweetDeck, Seesmic, Tweet Grid, TweetVisor,  and Nambu come to mind, just to name a few.

Each of those tools offers a wide range of capabilities and each is continually tweaking and improving its software. Each is striving to constantly adapt, broaden its market and make its product more appealing and popular.

The sheer volume of helpful tools clamoring to make themselves useful to us can be overwhelming.  Not only that, but if you are someone who likes to be ahead of the curve and are constantly on the lookout for the best or the latest or the most popular,  you can eat up an awful lot of precious time on that.

So, how can you manage this?  Well, my advice is to always keep your eyes open.  When you see the “next best thing,” don’t be too quick to jump on the bandwagon and drop your trusty old Twitter Dashboard for the new one that does EVERYTHING!

Don’t just look at the features.  Consider, too, the time it will take to learn and get comfortable with this tool.  Also consider how YOU work.  If you aren’t someone who does a lot with mobile devices, do you really need to jump to a new tool because it is totally integrated with the Android or the iPhone?

If you’re thoroughly familiar with HootSuite, but are intrigued with a new feature that Seesmic Desktop has just announced, perhaps you should add a clip about it to Evernote so that you can check it out some time at your leisure. If it really looks like it’s going to add something significant to your online work, or save you a great deal of time, then go for it. Otherwise, my advice would be to continue to do what you’re good at, not changing it until something that offers a really BIG improvement comes along.

Bottom line? Investing your time in becoming adept with whatever tools you use is going to serve you much better than continually “upgrading” and having to learn new applications.  The best isn’t always going to be what you need.

How do you approach the newest and best? Do you find yourself changing tools a lot?  How do you decide? Drop me a line to let me know how it’s going for you – I’d love to hear how you manage it all!

What if you could find another hour every day? You can! You are invited to sign up for your FREE Finding Time Success Kit. It puts 3 key tools for your time success right into your hands! Grab it and see how you can recharge your energy, reduce overwhelm and frustration, and come to learn that 24 hours really ARE enough!

Let’s explore time together …

Find Time To Learn That the Best Isn’t Always What You Need!

Finding time to be the best that you can be, and give yourself the best tools to get you there is a worthy goal for each of us. However, as many of us may have learned the hard way, striving for excellence is not the same as striving for perfection.

This holds true in many areas, and it’s no less true when thinking about the tech tools that we use to make our work lives easier.

On Monday when I was blogging about Evernote, I checked back over some earlier posts where I had written about other helpful technological tools. One of the things that struck me was just how many great tools there are out there … and how frequently they change and new ones appear!

If you take a look at Twitter, just as an example, there are hundreds upon hundreds of applications that are aimed at making the Twitter experience easier, more accessible, and more fun. Just think of the number of Social Media Dashboards there are.  Names like HootSuite, TweetDeck, Seesmic, Tweet Grid, TweetVisor,  and Nambu come to mind, just to name a few.

Each of those tools offers a wide range of capabilities and each is continually tweaking and improving its software. Each is striving to constantly adapt, broaden its market and make its product more appealing and popular.

The sheer volume of helpful tools clamoring to make themselves useful to us can be overwhelming.  Not only that, but if you are someone who likes to be ahead of the curve and are constantly on the lookout for the best or the latest or the most popular,  you can eat up an awful lot of precious time on that.

So, how can you manage this?  Well, my advice is to always keep your eyes open.  When you see the “next best thing,” don’t be too quick to jump on the bandwagon and drop your trusty old Twitter Dashboard for the new one that does EVERYTHING!

Don’t just look at the features.  Consider, too, the time it will take to learn and get comfortable with this tool.  Also consider how YOU work.  If you aren’t someone who does a lot with mobile devices, do you really need to jump to a new tool because it is totally integrated with the Android or the iPhone?

If you’re thoroughly familiar with HootSuite, but are intrigued with a new feature that Seesmic Desktop has just announced, perhaps you should add a clip about it to Evernote so that you can check it out some time at your leisure. If it really looks like it’s going to add something significant to your online work, or save you a great deal of time, then go for it. Otherwise, my advice would be to continue to do what you’re good at, not changing it until something that offers a really BIG improvement comes along.

Bottom line? Investing your time in becoming adept with whatever tools you use is going to serve you much better than continually “upgrading” and having to learn new applications.  The best isn’t always going to be what you need.

How do you approach the newest and best? Do you find yourself changing tools a lot?  How do you decide? Drop me a line to let me know how it’s going for you – I’d love to hear how you manage it all!

What if you could find another hour every day? You can! You are invited to sign up for your FREE Finding Time Success Kit. It puts 3 key tools for your time success right into your hands! Grab it and see how you can recharge your energy, reduce overwhelm and frustration, and come to learn that 24 hours really ARE enough!

Let’s explore time together …

Finding Time to Welcome June, and Reprise Time Finder Favorites from May!

Finding time to navigate transitions well often involves looking back, as well as looking ahead.  So it is, as we move into the month of June here at The Time Finder!  We welcome the new, even as we look back and scan through older posts, to see what most resonated for our readers last month.

While May saw quite a few new posts make the cut for the first time, an old favorite topped the list:  Finding Time by Being Flexible:  3 Timely Tips.  It’s not surprising – flexibility is such a key skill in our fast-paced lives.  Have you enjoyed this post already?  If not, I invite you to take another look!

Coming in a close second was a new post that gives you a taste of the kinds of articles and information you’ll receive when you sign up for our Finding Time E-zine.  This post was titled Find Time to Deal with the Difficult Personalities Who Slow You Down.  Take a look for some timely tips about time boundaries and managing challenging people in your life!

A post from our Cyber Monday series rounds out the top 3:  Find Time to Empower Yourself – Add Some Very Useful Webmaster Tools to Your Toolbox.  This post offers some resources where you can learn the basics about how our websites and web experience are created.  As it says:

“Finding time to learn some basics about the fundamental language of the web can totally change how you interact with the world of the internet. Whether you are technically inclined or not, knowing something about the mechanics of the web pages we all visit (or develop) definitely enhances the experience!”

Rounding out our May Time Finder Favorites were:  Find Time to Explore Your Inner Twitter on Cyber Monday and Find Time to Stop Listening to Your Inner Critic and Reclaim Your Joy, Power and Purpose (a post from our Ask Paula series).

I hope you enjoyed looking back and exploring some old favorites!

And now, do you want to start off your new month by learning how to give yourself the nurturing and nourishment you need to thrive? Here’s something you’ll not want to miss!

We are very excited to offer the next installment of The Finding Time EducationRich& HeartBased Interview Teleseries! Join me at 7PM ET on Tuesday, June 8 for my interview with Nutritionist and Clean Eating Coach Wendy Battles-Plasse as we explore how you can “Start Living Your Healthiest Life Today: Timely Tips on Clean Eating, Self-Awareness and the Power of Prevention.”

And, even better, when you sign up, choose our VIP level and you’ll receive a word-for-word transcript of the call, as well as a special gift from Wendy – her 26-minute MP3,”4 Simple Steps to Meal Planning Success.” This audio is jam-packed with Wendy’s easy and practical tips that help put healthy eating within your reach every day!

I hope you can make it – it’s going to be an excellent, info-packed class!

What if you could find another hour every day? You can! You are invited to sign up for your FREE Finding Time Success Kit. It puts 3 key tools for your time success right into your hands! Grab it and see how you can recharge your energy, reduce overwhelm and frustration, and come to learn that 24 hours really ARE enough!

Let’s explore time together …

Find Time by Keeping up With Social Networking

readingFinding time to keep up with your social networks can be a challenge on top of everything else that you do each day.  We’ve written about some tools that can help save you time and stay connected in our Time and Technology category on The Time Finder.  If you’re someone who works on the internet, you know that social networking is a key element in most business strategies.

There are many different tools and venues on the web for social networking.  Indeed, it can be a dizzying and confusing collection!  How do you find time to keep up with each?  And which ones is it best to focus on?  Where have there been problems with spam, hackers, etc.?

On his blog Web Strategy, Jeremiah Owyang offers us an excellent place for keeping up with social networking in general.  He writes and publishes a Weekly Digest of the Social Networking Space.  There he provides a very brief summary of the week’s activities, and then more in depth information about developments in social networking – along with lots of links, so that you can explore with as much (or as little) detail as time and interest allow.

Here’s his summery for the week ending on May 2:

Busy week, yet again. Vignette starts to come forth with its community features, which are a direct challenge to the community platform vendors. Facebook extends further into the era of social colonization by allowing activity streams to be displayed on third party sites. The impacts of the swine flu echo throughout social networks.

While the language and scope of these digests includes more technical information than I may be personally interested in, a scan of the digest always extends and expands my horizons.  I may not have the time or inclination to explore “Vignette,” for example – but the term will be more familiar to me the next time I see it. I’ll have a context and some rudimentary information that I can then build on later, if I like.

Dipping into this digest helps me explore the wider world of social networking quickly and painlessly. When something captures my interest, I explore further.  Each day I learn a little bit more about the capacities (and pitfalls) of the powerful social networking tools that are available to us.

Do you follow social networking news?  Is there a good source that you’ve found for information and new developments?  Share them in a comment, or just drop in and tell us what you think … I’d love to hear!

What if you could find another hour every day? You can! You are invited to sign up and download The New Finding Time Boundary Template. It’s FREE, and when you sign up you will also receive (if you don’t already) my FREE, weekly Finding Time Tips and my FREE, monthly Award-Winning Finding Time E-zine!

Let’s explore time together …