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.
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
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