It seems there’s never enough time in a day. Do you ever look at your To-Do list at the end of the day, and it doesn’t seem as though you’ve done much — even though it’s the end of the day, and you know you worked all day (you know that because it’s dark)?
That happens to me sometimes. Last week I gave a presentation on “Be a Social Media All-Star” in Portland, Oregon. Frontier Communications is starting a contest called “Be a Social Media All-Star” for small businesses. The kickoff went very well, and the audience members said they were glad to get easy-to-use LinkedIn tips and techniques they can use today – in 10 minutes or less. Because they have so little time . . . Sound familiar?
What I’ve also noticed about my time is that the more I use LinkedIn, the more there is to do on LinkedIn. When I first started using LinkedIn several years ago, there were times that it was a time sponge. I was spending more and more time on LinkedIn, and not necessarily getting new clients. And I wasn’t ever caught up. Now there are more connections to accept, people to invite, check in with, and help to achieve their goals. For the most part, I get more speaking engagements, and clients who want to make the most of time — not waste it talking to people who will never become clients. Yet . . . where does the time go?
At the kickoff meeting, I learned about a time management method that intrigues me. It’s called the Pomodoro technique, and I’ve decided to test it out for the next 3 weeks specifically for my LinkedIn networking. I chose 3 weeks because it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. The concept for the Pomodoro method seems easy enough. All you need to get started is a timer (set it for 25 minutes), a piece of paper and a pencil (they also recommend an eraser).
It is really simple. You…
- Write a list of tasks to accomplish
- Pick a task on your list to do
- Set the timer for 25 minutes.
- You stop when the timer goes off, and put a check on your sheet of paper.
- Then take a 5 minute break. After your break, start another task.
So for the next 3 weeks, I’ll devote 25 minutes – with a timer – focusing on LinkedIn. And I’ll tell you if it works – and if I get more done with this method than I’ve been doing. Stay tuned . .