Time Management

Thanks to Jennifer Hogan for the kind invitation to guest moderate #ALedchat. Please join us on Monday, December 1 from 9:00-10:00PM CST. Thanks also to Jennifer for creating the graphic you see above.

A busy holiday season reminds us of how much we have to do, how little time we have, and how our ability to organize our time and surroundings is essential. Likewise, we are only a month away from the start of a new year. When people make New Years Resolutions, how often do we hear them say, “This is the year I am going to get organized!“? Well, that’s the theme  for Monday’s Twitter chat on #ALedchat.

What is a Twitter Chat?

A Twitter chat happens when a group of people get together on Twitter at a particular time and talk about a particular topic. There are two keys to participating in the chat. First, everyone will include #ALedchat in each tweet.

Secondly, everyone involved in the chat will search Twitter for #ALedchat . They will see every tweet composed anywhere in the world where a user included that particular hashtag. So, you do not have to be “following” the other people, and they don’t have to be “following” you, in order to see each others’ tweets.

Making It Easy With Tweetchat

A few minutes before the chat begins, go to TweetChat.com. The page will look like what you see below. In the blank, enter #ALedchat  and click “Go.”

TweetChatThe first time you access TweetChat, you will be asked to authorize the site to use your Twitter account. Sign in with your Twitter username and password and click “Authorize app.” Don’t worry; it’s safe, and you can always revoke access later.

TweetChat is a real time-saver. First of all, you will not have to insert the hashtag (#ALedchat) in each of your tweets. TweetChat will take care of that task for you. You probably know that Twitter allows 140 characters in a tweet. As you participate in #ALedchat, you will notice the counter displays “130” before you begin to type. TweetChat is taking into account that 10 characters are required for TweetChat to include the hashtag for you.


Bring Your Questions and Your Best Tips

The idea behind a TweetChat is that you exchange ideas. We learn from each other. We all get smarter together. So…think about some of the organization & time management challenges you face. Think about what works for you. Share as much or as little as you like.

Meeting New People

Ask someone what they like most about taking a class or attending a conference, and you will hear the response “meeting new people.” Indeed, when like-minded people from various locations gather, friendships emerge. The person you connect with first on a Twitter chat may later become the person you will meet in person at a conference. Or…when you meet someone at a conference, your mutual participation in a Twitter chat is one thing that keeps that professional relationship going.

Don’t be surprised if you don’t find yourself following some new colleagues as a result of this chat. Don’t be surprised if you pick up a few new followers as well.

Mark your calendar for December 1 at 9:00PM CST and join us at #ALedchat as we explore how to “Get Organized!