Week 50; Top Resources of the Week for a more Productive YOU

WOW!?!?! It’s been almost 20 weeks since I last posted this series.. time really does fly when you’re having fun! And it was upon reading Social Media Examiner’s 5 Pillars of Business Blogging Success (see below) that I realized I had stepped outside of my planned blogging engagement when things went a bit pair shaped this year following my motorcycle accident.

Gail Brenner’s There Is Great Freedom in Simply Being Aware

A fascinating look at how you have to fix on what’s inside before you can affect what on the outside.

  • Be Happy Now
  • Awareness Is the Key
  • Becoming an Expert
  • A Strong Foundation for Becoming Aware
  • A Loving Process for You
Social Media Examiner’s 6 Social Media Success Metrics You Need to Track

Without metrics, you loose track of where you are and how fast you’re making progress. How can you change what you can’t measure?

  1. Daily Story Feedback
  2. Look at Klout
  3. PostRank
  4. Share of Voice
  5. Search Volume
  6. Inbound Links
Doblin’s The Ten Types of Innovation

Was a fascinating look at where business are traditionally breaking down in failing to innovate. Specifically, Doblin’s been noted to focus on the extremities (Business Model & Delivery) in order to make the greatest gains.

  1. Finance; Business Model
  2. Finance; Networking
  3. Process; Enabling Process
  4. Process; Core Process
  5. Offering; Product Performance
  6. Offering; Product System
  7. Offering; Service
  8. Delivery; Channel
  9. Delivery; Brand
  10. Delivery Customer Experience
Social Media Examiner’s 5 Pillars of Business Blogging Success

It’s always an eye-opening experience to look at what you set out to do.. and then how you executed on your plans.. I had gotten similar advise from a renowned expert / friend of mine Nicole Simon earlier in the year, but then I had unfortunately allowed external circumstances to take me off track.

  1. Planning Your Business Blog
  2. Your Blog Content
  3. Blog Design
  4. Marketing Your Blog
  5. Engaging Your Audience
And finally, Personal MBA’s 10 Big Ideas from David Allen’s Getting Things Done

David Allen’s work has had the greatest effect on my work in the last weeks. Always present, the revisiting of simple principles allows you to make the necessary adjustments to take your game to the next level,

  1. If your day-to-day life is out of control, it’s almost impossible to think strategically or plan effectively
  2. Define what being “done” looks like
  3. Mental work has five distinct phases: Collect, Process, Organize, Do, and Review
  4. Get everything out of your head
  5. Projects and tasks are two different things: track them separately
  6. Focus on the Next Action required to move forward
  7. Use the “2 Minute Rule” for small tasks
  8. Use Reference and Someday/Maybe files for things that have no immediate next actions
  9. Build a trusted system that helps you keep track of your commitments
  10. Schedule non-negotiable time for a Weekly Review
Christmas BONUS

It’s been almost 20 weeks, and with Christmas coming up next week, consider this your early Christmas gift from The Strategy Guy!

I’d love to hear back from you as to what was the most rewarding or enlightening resource you found here. And better yet, how will it shape any action you decide to take?

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