This is some great advice for anyone who manages a community (both online and offline). Among our favorites:
- 2. Get out from behind your keyboard every so often. Talk with your members (live or on the phone).
- 5. Go slow. Crawl, walk, run. Don’t assume they understand.
- 11. Don’t do it alone. Find allies, advocates and volunteers to help.
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Great list of helps to get you “unstuck”. Some of our favorites:
3. Get Visual
Immerse yourself in photos, illustrations, paintings, sculpture, something from the world beyond words.
12. Get Over Yourself
Now here’s an idea: you don’t have to be the source of every idea. Hit a friend or family member up for ideas. Should that not work, steal one from a perfect stranger.
17. Get the Gospel
Grab the Good Book or something that brings out your spiritual side. I’ve never said it out loud, but I often find the pastor uncorks my cranium.
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A great article by Elizabeth Grace Saunders on reducing work related stress.
Front-Load Your Day & Week
To minimize stress, spend less time worrying about planning exactly how long every activity will take you to do and more time front-loading your calendar by putting your most important activities with deadlines early in the day and early in the week. For example, something due on Friday should start appearing in your schedule by Tuesday afternoon. And your amount of planned to-do items should decrease from Monday to Friday with ideally little-to-no new to-do items on Friday.
You can read the article here.
We spent two hours last night on Twitter engaged in real-time conversations on behalf of a client. That is not unusual. But sometimes you have to get away and unplug, and here are some tips. Our favorite?
8. GET PERSONAL
“Recently, I was walking down the hall at work, on a call via my headset and simultaneously writing an email, successfully balancing it all–until I went sailing in the air as I flew over an abandoned box. Now I try to get up and talk to the person two desks away rather than texting them. I welcome our team’s new hires face-to-face rather than sending an email. I make meetings in person when it’s an option. I am not always perfect, but I am more conscious about my behavior.”
–Catherine Courage, SVP of customer experience, Citrix
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