I'm at the New Jersey Shore for the Thanksgiving holiday. My hometown got hit pretty hard, but we're counting our blessings that my family's house is still standing and able to enjoy this Thanksgiving with family. If you haven't donated to Hurricane Sandy Relief, please consider making a contribution. Here's my crowdrise campaign. Be sure to check out "Giving Tuesday" a national day of giving the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Your organization participate or you can fundraise for a cause. … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving: What are you grateful for?
Over the holiday break, I read 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done by Peter Bregman who blogs at at the HBR. This book is a gem. Each chapter starts with a personal story that illustrates a concept related to managing unproductive distractions. What's refreshing and different about this book is that it isn't about trying to get everything done efficiently. Instead he guides you on how to focus on what matters and ignore the rest. He offers … [Read more...] about Taking 18 Minutes Day Towards A Year-Long Focus
I spent a very quiet holiday with family at Half Moon Bay and taking a New Year's hike on Ano Nuevo to see the elephant seals. Nature hikes and down time with family are nourishing and replenishing. As I watched the last sunset of 2011 fade over the Pacific Ocean, I wanted to formally say farewell to Zoetica, the company I co-founded with Geoff Livingston and Kami Huyse that we announced in January, 2010 one day after my birthday, and one day before the Haiti Earthquake. Geoff has … [Read more...] about A New Year: A New Learning Journey Begins
In the nonprofit sector, time is our most valuable resource. It can't be recycled if we squander it. Distractions are time wasters and you need to manage them not the other way around. Some interruptions come from our physical environment. Co-workers stop at your desk to chat or a colleague asks you to compile a report. Distractions come from the Internet if you have email, Twitter, or mobile phone beeping at you. Or if you've developed the bad habit of mindless checking of your … [Read more...] about Time Management for Nonprofit Social Media Professionals: What's Your Best Tip?
Join me on Tuesday, July 13th at 1 PM EST/1o am PST for a webinar hosted by Networked for Good "Using Social Media to Accomplish More with Less." It's free and three lucky participants will win a copy of the book. I'll be talking about some of themes in the book and sharing some tips for streamlining your social media use. One of the most common questions I hear is when I do workshops is, "How much time does it take to do social media?". It is usually followed by an observation that the … [Read more...] about Using Social Media To Accomplish More With Less