That’s a recurring problem here at Casa de Kolchak: too much to do and never, ever enough time to do it all. I love our blog and I am constantly amazed, awed and humbled by the fact that you all actually come here to read it, but man! I just can’t seem to get it together. Let’s face it, I’ve got a lot I want to share and not nearly enough time to share it in. Often, I miss out on sharing bits and pieces of the everyday Kolchak because I just don’t have the time. Enter Pamela from Something Wagging This Way Comes. She has a saying:
I know she just laughed reading that, but I swear to you, she does. Anyone who reads Something Wagging can see that Pamela’s posts are always well thought out, fantastically edited and well presented. She never seems rushed. Never scattered. Her posts are consistently well written and high quality. Whatever she knows or whatever she does, I want that too. I was so lucky not only to spend some time with her lounging by the pool discussing the state of the Blogosphere and our own blogs, but to also have the chance to attend her BlogPaws session on Making Time To Blog. (And yes, she is every bit as well-spoken, thoughtful and nice as she comes off in her blog.)
The presentation did not disappoint.
She totally had all the answers. We’ve made big changes here at Kol’s Notes. We have all sorts of extra time, all thanks to the tips I learned at BlogPaws. I’m not going to tell you everything because A: We covered a lot of ground in her talk and B: Pamela’s been kind enough to set up a discussion group over on the BlogPaws community to let us all share ideas and techniques for time management. Here’s what we’ve changed here at Kol’s Notes:
- Do Less. According to Pam, we’re already pretty much rock stars for just getting to our blogs and posting. Like most bloggers, Pam has a “real” job. We all know about Kolchak’s issues with that Job guy I go to see every day. What a time suck! When she gave us permission to do less, I felt an audible sigh of relief through out the room. Another gem that had actually never occurred to me? ”When you don’t have time to blog, don’t.”
- Let people know that blogging is your work. How many times do you get interrupted while you are writing? For me, it’s about 9 million and 76 times. Closing the door and putting up an “at work” sign, lets people know that you are unavailable. Here’s mine:
- Make a Not to Do List. Everyone has a To Do list, but do you have a not to do list? Here’s a few things from mine:
- Avoid drift. You that thing, where you’re doing something, say reading a blog post, and then two hours later you look up and realize you’ve been on Facebook, checked your Twitter, pinned a few hundred things, laughed at the Cheezeburger dogs, but you never finished reading that post? That’s drift. Do you know there are tools that will block out social media sites while you work?? Totally awesome.