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Curation: Manage Your Attention Not Just Your Time

Curation: Manage Your Attention Not Just Your Time | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This guest post is by Beth Kanter for Socialbrite and this is great for curators just starting out or a refresher for those of you who have been doing this for a while.


She tells you why curation is an important tool in your content strategy and gives you some good suggestions on how to do it effectively which I'm going to focus on here. Curation requires time and energy, and Beth's process really works because I'm doing this myself.


Here's what caught my attention:


Manage you attention, not just your time


**Don't just create a to-do list; lay it out on a daily and weekly schedules, breaking down key tasks of the project into chunks.


**Consider the level of concentration and focus that each type of task or chunk requires and schedule accordingly


**Establish rituals: Rituals in your work life are valuable. A mindmap offers a lot of good suggestions for rituals


**Managing email and other distractions: Turn off notifications that pop up on your computer, iPad or moble.


**Just say no - it's important to engage with your community on social networks but you have to find the right balance. When you're curating, it requires focus, it's best to schedule this first, then do your community management, check your email unless something requires your immediate attention. When you have a plan, it makes everything easier.


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Beth Kanter's comment, August 17, 2012 8:18 PM
Thanks for scooping!
Beth Kanter's comment, August 17, 2012 8:18 PM
Thanks so much for scooping!
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8 Surefire Ways to Thrive Despite Information Overwhelm

8 Surefire Ways to Thrive Despite Information Overwhelm | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Jason W. Womack wrote this article for all of us,  who struggle with information overload. I selected it because.......


To be a good content curator, the first step is knowing how to harness your attention, to be able to filter, focus, and find the best and be able to leave the rest


**It's important to keep refining your daily habits and the author has some great suggestions on how to do that.


Excerpt:


Jason Womack warns "in the age of information overload, when it comes to what we have time to focus on, we are often forced to sacrifice quality for quantity.


Here's what caught my attention:


**Stop multi-tasking

When you multi-task, you can't give your undivided attention the the things you're working on.


**Set a timer for 15-minute intervals

Womack says that our days are actually made up of about 100 15-minute intervals. In fact 15 minutes is just about the right "chunk" of time for us to be able to stay focused, minimize interruptions and work effectively


**Know when you're not focused and implement ways to refocus

When you're working with your timer, write down eah instance when you lose focus-even if it's just to look at a clock to see what time it is.


**Carry a camera with you

Carrying a camera with you is actually a great way to become more in tune with your environment.


**I do this one and it really helps bring me into the present moment


**Listen more

There are three different learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Everyone in your network falls into one of these categories.


**(very important tip, when you're not talking and focusing your attention here, it's an amazing experience on so many levels)


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Beth Kanter's comment, March 7, 2012 11:20 AM
Fantastic article - thanks for finding
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6 Reasons to Visualize Your Data in the Age of Distraction

6 Reasons to Visualize Your Data in the Age of Distraction | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was posted by Loren Sorenson for Hubspot, I selected it because as she says "If you aren’t prepared for the visual content revolution, you may be left in the dust.


Not convinced? Let's take a look at exactly how visual contentis positively contributing to marketing strategies -- it may just give you the push you need


"Learn why visual content is a critical part of your content creation strategy.


Here are some highlights:


**People remember only 20% of what they read


**83% of learning is visual


Condenses and Explains Large Amounts of Information


**Today, there is too much information on the Internet you have about 3 seconds to catch someone’s eyes so they'll consume your information.


Gives Your Brand an Identity


**Visual content draws people in, letting viewers better understand your brand's identity


Drives User Engagement


**If you've ever read a book with a child, you probably know they find pictures more interesting than words; but are adults really that different?


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janlgordon's comment, April 11, 2012 3:21 PM
Beth Kanter
Thank you for adding me to the wiki and for your kind words, it's greatly appreciated. Yes this is the conversation of the moment so to speak. I'm sure your presentation was amazing. Would love to hear it if you have a replay.
Beth Kanter's comment, April 11, 2012 10:08 PM
Jan: There's a link in the wiki to the live stream of the session - and a lot of notes and resources ... I love this topic! I'm holding myself back from created another scoop.it on it ...
janlgordon's comment, April 13, 2012 10:05 PM
Beth Kanter
Thanks for looking forward to seeing this info. Knowing you, I can imagine that you want to start another scoopit on this topic but it's not necessary because you're already doing a wonderful job covering it now.