Things I Wish I Had Learned in College: Time Management

Posted in Self Improvement by diptoe on April 15, 2011

Actually, I wish I had learned this before college. I managed to squeak by with down-to-the-minute deadlines, graduating with a respectable 3.7 GPA, but “just squeaking by” doesn’t cut it in the real world. Not long-term. Not if you want to be effective or successful.

Professional people have their stuff together. And it’s really hard to have your stuff together when you can’t manage your time effectively. Learning that skill has been a long journey, and I am not where I would like to be yet – but I have improved. Below are some of the resources that have helped me along the way.

Time management resources:

Did I miss any? What do you wish you had learned about time management?


Where is the line on professionalism?

Posted in Self Improvement, Social Media by diptoe on December 17, 2010

Where do you draw the line between your professional identity and your personal one?

Recently, a leader of a worldwide social media organization took his personal Facebook profile private, saying that he wanted to reserve that space for people he actually knew in real life. He then started a fan page on Facebook for friends he has yet to meet personally. His only other option was to manage complicated friend lists. Meanwhile, another worldwide leader in the social media field continues to add friends to his personal Facebook account.

On Twitter, one respected professional tweets only professional content – no personal tweets are posted beyond the occasional follower interaction. Yet another respected professional tweets out their rants, ravings, LOLs, location, and what they had for breakfast along with relevant and valuable content.

Which method is better? Should a person maintain a professional identity or should you be free to be yourself online? Does who you work for affect that decision? Do you have separate professional and personal identities or are they one and the same for you?

Speak With Authority

Posted in Self Improvement by diptoe on October 2, 2010

I’m sharing this video because (1) I love typography; and (2) I love the message of the poem. You should watch it. When you’re done, let me know what you think in the comments.