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  • How do you balance it all?

    6 posts, 6 voices, 830 views, started Dec 16, 2008

    Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 by Feathermaye

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    • Carnelian
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      Here lately I am feeling overwhelmed in trying to find a balance between working (the day job!), writing (my dream job!), social networking and bookmarking (including several groups such as this one, twittering, stumbleupon, etc.), blogging (my recent passion, although I don’t seem to fall into any particular category, like mommy-bloggers, techie, etc) and the real world. Aaahhh!! Where does it all fit?

      Lately I feel as if I need to devise a schedule for my time spent online:

      Mondays: Stumbleupon and Twitter and blogging
      Tuesdays: Social Networking and Twitter and blogging
      Wednesdays: Read/Comment on other blogs and Twitter and blogging
      Thursdays: ...

      Well, you get the idea...

      Is this reasonable? Am I over-thinking this? Because in spite of however organized I can get this (and I’m pretty good at organizational execution), I will still find myself overrun by email responsibilities, real life surprises, technical difficulties, etc. Right now I’m just winging it, and I kind of feel like I’m spinning my wheels.

      I would really like to know how you manage your time online, in promotion of yourself and/or your business.

      Are there any tricks you’ve learned that you could share, or any particular sites that have made all the difference in your own success?



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          Yana Berlin wrote Jan 12, 2009
        • Great post Heather,

          I don’t think anyone has a magic formula or an organized plan that works 100% of the time.

          The only thing I know for sure is that you HAVE to have a schedule, and you have to have your email closed and be logged off all of the social networking sites to get everything done. I find that if I don’t do that I get distracted, half of the day goes by and I’m not as productive as I should be, then I’m frustrated, and overwhelmed.



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          Kristen Martenson wrote Jan 12, 2009
        • I totally agree. I think setting a schedule is a good idea, and limiting the time you allow yourself to spend online. Unfortunately there have been too many days where I too have got caught up in the online spider web and did not accomplish the goals I had set for the day.  

          it’s so easy to web surf for hours. Now if everything is done and kids are in bed and I have time on my hands.. then it’s all good!



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          Jacquie6363 wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Yep, I agree with all.  The only thing that works is to discipline oneself, by sticking to a schedule.



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          Mb03 wrote Jan 16, 2009
        • What an awesome question.  I find that some days all I’ve done is sit in front of my computer and my butt is starting to show it!ohhhh  Anyway, what I have started doing is setting time limits for myself online.  I set the kitchen timer and when it buzzes my time is up and its time to move on to other things.  Good luck and please let us know if you come up with the magic bullet.

          Cheers,
          Maribeth



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