Monday, July 7, 2014

Digital Life is Messy…Get Organized

"Social Network Brushes" by Lalibellul is licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0
The second takeaway I have from the ISTE 2014 conference comes from not only a session I attended but the process I had to go through to navigate the conference itself.

Takeaway #2 Get Organized
We all understand the concept of an organized life.  Put your shoes where they belong.  Put your keys in the same spot everyday so you don’t lose them.  Write down the important dates in life so you don’t forget them.  However, how many of us have gone through and organized our digital lives?  With so many things staring us in the face, I know I get overwhelmed and I often don’t know where to begin. 

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Flipboard, blogs, web favorites…need I go on?  With so many different outlets and so many people wanting you to join their network, we can get lost in social media and online.

The advice was to get organized and don’t do it all.  Our sense of belonging says to join all of our friends on this network or that network but in reality, you don’t have to join them all.  Make your presence known on particular networks and the circles will join themselves.  Pick your favorite sites and stick with them.  Sure, know what the other ones are but don’t feel compelled to be part of all of them.  If you are visual, stick to Pinterest and Instagram.  Don’t have a lot of time? Stick with Twitter and Flipboard (and of course this blog!).

Tools are out there that can help with organizing your digital life.  Hootsuite is a great tool that can incorporate Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and FourSquare (more with the pro version).  Diigo is a great tool to organize your bookmarks and weblinks.

It is possible to organize your digital life.  It may take a little work in the beginning but will be well worth it in the end.

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