In these media rich days it is easy to get sucked in and the next thing you know hours have passed and you are no further forward…but you did find a very funny video of a cat on YouTube!
What did we ever do without the internet? It all started innocently enough, we would pay a bill or two, research something we intended to by in a real store, and e mail was so much quicker than posting a letter. Now we have reached a world of instant messaging, social networking, blogging and endless information at our fingertips.
Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Ping, Plaxo, MySpace, Delicious, Buzz, Digg it.. The list goes on and on. There seems no end to the ways we can spend time connecting with others and increasing our network!
We have to be very careful that we use this awesome power for good not evil!
You need to be very clear about what you are trying to achieve before you start.
What is the output you are expecting? Is it information to help you develop a new product, is it part of your networking strategy, or are you just looking for a short time of escapism chatting to friends and watching funny videos of babies laughing?
For social networking make sure you have a written strategy. What platforms are you going to use (maximum of 3)? How often will you interact, in what form and who with? What are you expecting as a result?
For research, what is the specific topic or area you are interested in? What are you hoping to find? How will you know when you have enough information?
Whatever your goal, decide how much time would be appropriate to spend on this task (based on everything else you have on your plate) and set a timer for 1 minute less than this. If you have a kitchen time with a loud buzz that would be great.
When that buzzer goes off, stop what you are doing – you have used up the time allotted and have 1 minute to wrap it up.
If you found good sources of information save those pages to a well labeled bookmark or favorite so you can find them again quicker next time.
Organize your bookmarks/favorites in the same way you do the file folders on your computer so you have a familiar basis for quick access.
Keep these tips in mind next time you click on the internet icon and use your powers for good!
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