Creating a ChicsTech Plan for Getting & Staying Organized

Most people hate being organized but yet some people love making lists for things that have to be done.  Still others for whom the very idea of creating a to-do list is, you pick the adjective that fits. The fact is that there are many benefits of making, at least, some to-do lists. In essence, a to-do list is a list that lists all the things that you have to accomplish within time frame or rather deadline, not often referred to as a “hard stop.”  These action oriented time-dependent items can be easily ticked off the list when they are completed which ensures that you don’t forget to get something done and hopefully get it done.

A completed to-do list will give you the satisfaction of being on the top of your game and you will only feel more in control of your life. There are many other benefits of to-do lists.

Benefits of Writing it Down

These to-do lists allow you to concentrate your focus on a task that is both important and urgent. This way you and possibly others to prioritize everything that you or they need to accomplish and work the way through the list in a given time frame. Putting things down in writing helps people to prioritize as well as think clearly knowing that there is no aspect of planning that you have missed. This also helps you and your teammates or colleagues focus on a particular task that is high on your priority to-do list. When you already know what you have to accomplish on a given day or even week, it becomes easy to manage the time to actually get the task done.

Another benefit of writing down ideas to comprise a to-do list is that it frees your mind. It is very similar to a movie that impressed audiences in the summer of 2011 called X-Men: First Class. There is a scene in that movie when the character Erik Lehnsherr is talking to Raven or Mystique about the fact that she could reach her full capabilities if she stopped concentrating on being normal. He told her natural self was blue skin and she should accept that and not worry about blending in all of the time. By trying to blend in, she was wasting concentration power and by looking like a normal human was forcing her brain to utilize a section of it that could be devoted to harnessing her full strength and mental capacity.

Making a to-do-list also falls under the same concept.  It frees your mind. When you have the notion in your head in regards to a task that needs to be completed, just write it down. Compile a list or put in a calendar like iSportcal, CrossPinPoints or iREcal. Then you do not have to continue to remind yourself about it or think about it as the day or days go on. In addition, writing something down reinforces that idea into your mind anyway.

Finding Like Tasks

There may be come tasks that have certain similarities. For example, you may need to speak with one person to get two kinds of information or two stores that you need to visit for specific items but that are in close proximity to each other. You will be able to work out a better routine once you can see the likenesses between the tasks.

Be Calmer

In case you are still not convinced, to-do lists are known to decrease stress and anxiety. Writing it all down gives you a clear plan of how to make it happen which in turn, removes the ambiguity out of the situation. Not only are to-do lists a great boon to effective time management, they also help you with energy management. You can pace yourself through the day, depending on what needs to be accomplished so that you do not end up too tired at the end of the day or week. This sort of touches on what was mentioned before about allowing your mind to concentrate on the task at hand rather than focusing on something that needs to be completed at some point in the near future.

Using Technology

Creating to-do lists is one of the top principles and tips of functioning time management. You will be able to assign a set number of hours or even minutes in a day to obtain the biggest as well as the minutest things that should be tackled. Many people become bogged down by the whole paper-pen aspect of creating lists. With advances in technology, this is no longer the case. You can easily use our calendar/planner (click on banner), and/or your smartphone to create effective & poignant to-do lists that you can update and change while on the run and have you complete a task. After all, there is not any reason to keep a task around if you have already managed to complete it. So make that to-list or even better put it in a calendar and stop procrastinating.

7 Tips To Implement A Social Media And Blogging Strategy

Want To Be More Effective In Social Media? Use an Editorial Calendar

Whether you’re a small business owner or an individual who wants to jump into the social media fray but are worried you simply won’t know what to write about, — long term – use an editorial calendar as your guide. The implementation of an editorial calendar helps keep track of social media status updates, article marketing efforts and blogging. Consider your editorial calendar much the same as the kind newspaper and magazine editor’s use.

Knowing who your target audience is will be the first step in planning your editorial calendar. If you don’t know who you want to reach, you won’t be able to effectively put an editorial calendar in place or target your marketing efforts. Spend time determining who your ideal client/reader is then work on your calendar.

Here are steps to jump start your editorial calendar planning efforts:
1.     Is your business or hobby seasonal? Are you writing about topics that have seasonal slants for your readers? Will you be looking to offer information that correlates to the season for your potential clients?
2.    Plan your editorial calendar for a 12 month period – getting it all down on paper for a year will make the planning smoother and will help you from repeating information and will also keep your readers interested throughout the year with fresh content.
3.    Readers love information on holidays and special events – even obscure ones – so plan for them in your editorial calendar. Will you market to traditional holidays?  Here’s a source for national and obscure events. Choose one per month as a way to set yourself apart.
4.    How about promotions and giveaways? Will you have these? If so, plan them throughout the year to keep the readers interested and so you aren’t lumping all of your promotions in one area of the year and leaving the rest without any giveaways. Prepare for your promotions and giveaways and have your promotions and blog posts mirror those promos.
5.    Set up content categories for your website and blog platform – keep it to ten or fewer. Choose topics you’ll want to cover and write your content and build your editorial calendar toward those categories.
6.    Choose keywords that are relevant to your area of expertise. What are your business objectives or your areas of expertise for your social media platforms? Your efforts need to enhance your business objectives.  Your social media efforts should enhance your overall business plan. Keywords help you to get found on Google searches.
7.    Establish “evergreen” topics in your editorial calendar. Evergreen topics are those that are viable and recur on an annual (sometimes more) basis. The river in the picture is included to remind you that all news especially social media news is a stream that flows continuously and there are also lots of floods which you have to realize that your message may drown in the tsunami of other news.  Consider the glut of magazines that crowd the shelves at certain times of the year: “Top 10 weight loss tips,” or “Top Ten back to school ideas,” or “Top Ten ways to get published,” etc. These topics are pulled out annually because readers love to see them and magazine editors know that.

Social media is a great low-cost, sometimes no cost, way to find readers and followers and grow your business. A well thought out editorial calendar for your social media efforts will set you apart from the competition.