Advice to Others: Planning with Prioritization is Critical for Progress
I love traveling but it does play havoc to my online task schedule. Here are a few things that I learned that I am sharing with others so they can adjust accordingly.
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Plan Ahead if Possible
I was so focused on my current daily activity that I did not think about planning ahead for my days traveling. I made the assumption that I could just do my posts, commenting and other online activity in my spare time between visits with those that I was visiting.
This was not the case. I made the time the first day, by getting a post in right before we started traveling. At our first destination, I broke away early from the conversations and went to the bedroom and created content but it was very rushed. After it was posted, I was wishing that I had done a better job on it.
Know the Timing of Your Tasks
If would have been very helpful, if I had known a close approximation of how long each of my online task took to complete. Since I normally just do my task without thinking about how long it takes to complete them, I had no idea how much time I needed during my traveling to complete my tasks.
Knowing how long it takes per task also helps for planning your day without traveling. Traveling just throws and extra kink in your schedule that needs to be taken into consideration.
Know the Priority of Your Tasks
In addition to know how much time it takes to complete a task, you should also have your tasks prioritized in the case you do not have time to complete all of your daily tasks. Prioritizing your tasks also ensures you are putting the majority of your effort to the tasks with the largest value.
I always knew which tasks I wanted to complete but lately have been adding more stuff to my plate. While traveling, there is no extra time to complete all of your daily tasks if you already have a full schedule.
Since I had not planned correctly, I had several Unintended Consequences occur. I have been on the hive platform going on seven month, I started at the end of April. During that time, I have earned 5 Monthly Author badges and 25 Weekly Author badges. I now will not earn a monthly badge for November and did not earn a weekly badge for last week. Even though I had post, I missed a day because I missed the UTC cutoff on one of those days.
Playing catch up sucks. I am now so far behind that it will be a few days before I am able to catch back up to where I was before. Even though I am not where I would like to be, I did learn some valuable lessons from this experience.
The most important lesson is that I can start anew and get better organized so that everything works smoother going forward. This has given me a fresh perspective about all the various online activities I was trying to accomplish. Some are very important while others are part of the building process, others are a must do and others are a want to do. Knowing where each fits into your long term plans is critical for progress because once a task is missed, you must either start over or expect a delay in your progress.
I will be reviewing my list of daily activities and reviewing each of their priorities and where they fit into my short, mid and long term goals. I will be changing some of the daily items to maybe every other day or weekly depending on the prioritization review.
In the end, I am hoping to make the new schedule more flexible so that I do not feel like everything falls apart and I become behind.