Let me tell you a quick personal story! I want to take you back to when I was halfway through the eighth grade at Carter Middle School in Clio, Michigan. Some of the students in my grade decided to participate in the trip to Washington, D.C. The bus to the airport was going to leave around 6 or so in the morning, so I had my mother drop me off. Unfortunately, the school had two parking lots, and it appeared that the bus was a bit late or something. Of course, we did not want to miss the bus and hence miss out on the cool trip, so a few of us who arrived early were a bit confused about which parking lot we were suppose to meet up and depart from. After a little bit of driving back and forth between the two parking lots, my mother and I decided to roll the window down and chat with the father of one of my dear friends. What he said next was unexpected and a little funny but has stuck with me ever since. He said, “Organization is the Key to Success!” Basically, the trip departure plans should be been a bit more organized and communicated; luckily, nobody missed the bus, but it brought up a great point about staying organized.
In today’s world, we have so many things that we either want to do or have to do, and we usually have less time to accomplish those tasks within. As a result, we need to prioritize and organize to be as efficient and effective in these endeavors as possible. Luckily, we have advancing technologies that provide us new tools that will help us to achieve all of these, but technology isn’t a simple fix, for we need to try our best to take the lessons from the pre-Internet and pre-Technology Era and apply them to today’s advanced days. One of the biggest and most popular online tools that we use on a daily basis is the social media network.
Take Facebook, the biggest social media network out there today with over 500 million users, as a great example. Many of us follow so many people on there – some from high school, some from our workplace, some from our family, and so on! What that means is that you have various information coming your way, and that can lead to an information overload if you are not careful. I found that to be the case after using Facebook (and other popular social media networks like Twitter) for a little while. So, what can you do to optimize the experience and make your online interactions more productive and efficient? Simple – organize the information to fit your needs. On Facebook, I found this to be easiest by creating friend lists. This allows me to view content posted by a specific friend group / list (ie. friends, family, authors, those within my inner circle, clients, colleagues, military contact from the past and present, etc.), helping me to locate just what I need without wasting too much time looking through the entire newsfeed. Also, this feature permits me to target my posts and messages to a specific group of my friends. I know of some people that want to hear all about my workouts and fitness goals (and knowledge), but others might find that overwhelming and uninteresting! So, the organization helps everyone involved, and more gets done. I do the same think over with my Twitter profile. I build lists and use those to communicate with various groups of individuals, companies, organizations, and brands. I must say that I prefer how Facebook allows me to create more lists as Twitter appears to have capped me and all users at 20 lists, something that I hope that they fix in the near future!
All in all, staying organized online will help you achieve so much more! It just takes a few extra minutes at the beginning to get things organized, and then your time online and interactions with others become so much better, much more productive, and highly efficient! So, if you have not started yet, get organized, for it is the key to success!