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This is certainly a much better way to end the year. Think about where you're going wrong and kick that behavior to the curb.
Many business people's biggest hang up is email. One thing to eliminate? Saving emails in the incoming list, saving them as a task for later. Send them to your task manager, print them out, send them to a "waiting" folder. Pick something else to do that actually works.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/240825
Some good points, Larry, but you certainly show your I tolerance of social media. It's not evil. It's can be used for very successful marketing. Have you tried it for that? So why not schedule our activities on Facebook or Twitter or whatever instead of treating them like big time wasters?
"Constant information access" isn't a bad thing. It's how we use it that counts, just as you say. But we can access that information through all kinds of devices, including the laptop you probably used to write this article. Did you turn off notifications? It works just as well on a laptop as an iPad or iPhone. It's the habits, time and task management that make or break our day.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/239333
So it really took three of you to write this article? Wish I had two more people to help me write an article. I do like your points. I've done, and continue to do most of them.
The one I hadn't thought of in this GTD-type of management was the visualizing the results before starting a task. Used in all sorts of other contexts, I've forgotten to use it here. Thanks for the reminder.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://entrepreneur.dev.entrepreneur.com/article/219553
Long time, no talk. (You gave me tips when I started Twitter many months ago.)
I have pointed out the deficiencies in using a visual medium for service businesses, but I hadn't thought about spammy links. I've just always checked them before I repin. Always. Of course, that makes the fun a little less fun, but I like to go to the source to see if there is more of what I liked. Am I crazy? or abnormal that I do that? I'm not quite ready to throw in the towel because it continues to lighten my life of a Friday or Saturday afternoon, so I keep coming back. Your comments about the value of your time remind me exactly why I don't go there on a Monday morning, or any morning.
Thanks for your insights! Always insightful.
2 years, 9 months ago on Why I deleted my Pinterest account
I truly hope you can do this because I've envisioned something similar, but I know my skills only include a small portion of this pie. I have never dreamed this big, but I am sure there is a market for this. From my own confused clients who want me to show, not just tell, to the questions I see all around the web, there is a demand. Your idea takes the whole complicated journey and puts it all together. Please, please. please go for it with your own incredible style.
2 years, 10 months ago on I Need Your Advice (please)
I'm enjoying your writing, your site, and this post specifically. I try to improve websites, too, and have been very shy about using "real" website as examples. Did you need to ask permission or inform these site what you were doing? Your insights were on the money, too. Thanks for your input and your amazing writing style that keep us all happy to continue reading.
2 years, 11 months ago on Do You Make The Same Mistakes As These Websites?
Thanks for the small hit upside the head, Craig. I pride myself on this philosophy, and I've had people tell me I'm succeeding in comments and chats. But the little things still slip through - call backs, emails, etc. I doubt there are many who could say they can't do better. Not me.
2 years, 12 months ago on Doing What You Say & the Power of Walking The Talk
I'm sure we all fall into that trap of just check in on our social accounts and hours later realizing we didn't get done what we had planned for that time. I am so glad that even when you were aware of the trap, you fell into it too. It's so addictive!
So I am doubly thankful for the list of ideas to make our social time count. Great post. Thanks so much.
2 years, 12 months ago on Social Media Tools & Tech - 15 Tips to Not Lose Your Mind!
It almost seems wasteful of your valuable time to do this, but the idea of it made me laugh. Then, I thought a little harder, and it made so much sense that I plan to do it - or at least think it out, every single day. Thank you Craig, for another great tip!
3 years ago on 10 Things I Am Not Going to Do Today
You took my story, right down to the end. My thoughts exactly. And, I'm at the same place. What to do, what to advise. I'm going to watch to see what others have to say.
Thanks for posing the question.
3 years ago on How are you advising clients on Google+?
I like your terminology for this - Expert Product. We all have a challenge of producing that nurturing CTA product. It's sooo helpful to get the play-by-play. Thanks!
3 years ago on How to Get More Blog Subscribers and Sales With Expert Products
It's really nice to find someone who learns as he goes along, the same way I do. This blog told the story of what you're currently doing and how you learned something new doing it. And, you're using that new knowledge to help us, your readers!
Thank you for your insights and tips about what makes a good blog. I'm going to work harder on talking and helping my first time visitor. I've seen this done, but didn't know how important it was.
Thanks again for a truly great post.
3 years ago on How to Use the Golden Thread To Get More Blog Readers
Craig: You hit this one on the head! I wonder how many of us feel this way this day? (And, this post sure beats reading the predictions for 2012!) I tried getting my ducks in a row - at least in my head - before I sat down to the computer, but now I have your tips, and I'm hoping for more. Thanks bunches! --Sally
3 years ago on 6 Step Checklist: Recover After A Long Weekend
Thanks for all the great tips. I'm of fan of How-to's, and this one is a winner. I've been trying to get to doing an editorial calendar for months, but something always comes up that I think is more important. I get the posts written, using topics that just "come up." I like your method better! Thanks so much! --- Sally
3 years ago on How to Build a Blog Editorial Calendar Even If You Don't Know Where to Start
It's sooo time that this point was made. Bravo! We can work all day at engagement, but not accomplish a darn thing until we match the media to our market. I've "talked" to many "friends" on FaceBook about the weather, the town's activities, the holiday plans, but none really did the job until I understood that my market was not using social media. That was what I was trying to teach them, so, duh, they weren't there yet. Thank you for the nudge into reality. And you do it so well. Keep it up, please!
3 years, 1 month ago on Businesses Need More than Engagement
Stan: I've been wrestling with this whole pop-up idea and say that you were using Pippity. I looked it over and was impressed. As to the pop-up idea, if you are convinced it works, I'm going to take your word for it and give it a whirl. Thanks for taking the time to compare these two. What a time saver that was! -Sally
3 years, 1 month ago on Why This Blogger Uses Popups
This one hits all my incompetency buttons. We all try for all of these, but results may vary. You did a great job of explaining them and the examples just made them come through clear as a bell. Now if I could just master a few! Thanks for the list. I'm putting it up on my wall for 2012 To Do's. --Sally
3 years, 1 month ago on 9 Habits of Extraordinary Blogs
I generally don't like to use quotes. It seems lazy to me, like YOU couldn't come up with anything good to say. But Dr. Seuss, now that's another story. You get the great meaning and a rhyme, too. Outstanding! Thanks for digging these up Tracy. Three thumbs up!
3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Fantastical Dr. Seuss Quotes For The Business Place
I've been considering just his idea, not only for writing and getting better, but practicing answers to questions my potential clients ask. I know I need to practice it to make it right every time. I don't think that's muscle memory. What should we call it?
3 years, 2 months ago on The Blogging Secret “They” Forgot To Tell You
You inspire me to look at every blog I've written to check this out. I'm always thinking I could have done better with my titles (changing those is bad for established links), but now I know where I can make changes that will make up for just an "OK" title. Thanks bunches!
3 years, 3 months ago on How to Rescue a Bad Blog Headline
I've read a number of intros to FaceBook's new features, but this one actually kept me reading - and understanding! Thank you soooo much for putting it in a way I can get my head around. It seemed all personal stuff before - yes, about people, but not business. (So, you say people run businesses, huh? Wow, why didn't I think of that?) Absolutely great stuff!
3 years, 3 months ago on 12 Most Critical Things Businesses Must Know About New Facebook
Great tips, as usual, and I use them every time I write a post. Excellent help for those of us who are not writers.
One question: Why did you use StumbleUpon for this post. I would love to hear your reasoning for this Twitter link away from your "real" website. Benefits?
3 years, 3 months ago on Great Blogs Always Get This Right
I have enjoyed all your tips, especially on writing blog posts, but this is above and beyond. It really helps to know what you've tried and found lacking - even tho it looked nice. I'm adding an email opt-in to all my posts ASAP.
3 years, 5 months ago on How a Dumb Little Tweak Nearly Doubled My Blog's Email Subscriber Rate
My graphic design background has me bolding and coloring text to help the skimmers. I know that makes for quick reading, but it also means they find the main points of the article sooner, and I think readers appreciate that.
Thanks for your tips. Always appreciated!
3 years, 6 months ago on 4 Little Known Blogging Secrets
Outstanding points to that beginning and final question, What are you wasting time on today? I don't ask myself that enough. I'll assume I'm not alone when I rationalize those time-wasting minutes/hours with descriptions of "a short break," or "but I need to do this right now." Thanks for the reminder, Erica!
3 years, 7 months ago on Is Social Media a Waste of Time?
This is just what the doctor ordered. I knew some of this, but, as usual, you've given me soooo much more. (I'm still waiting for my first real comment, so a little more promotion is obviously needed.)
3 years, 7 months ago on How to Promote Your Blog Without Feeling Like a Sleazeball
@wpbeginner@ericksonweb You missed the point on the plug in I was talking about. I mean the one this website is using on my left, which I can only see 1/4 " I understood the rest of your post fine and it's very clear.
3 years, 8 months ago on How to Add the Google +1 Button to your WordPress
Thanks for all the great info on Google's +1 Button! I hoped one of you in the know would take the time to let us not-so-talented peops in on the steps and the use.
I can almost see where you added the button here on the left. I'm in Safari on the Mac and can see about a 1/4" of its right side. Hardly recognizable and a very small click area. Think this plugin/code might need some work. @EricksonWeb