Brand Career Management Monthly Tip Sheet
December 2017

Hello Everyone,

December is a busy month for a majority of people and I’m sure lots of us are thinking “next year I’ll get a better handle on my schedule.” So, this issue is devoted to time management advice to help maintain productivity through the holiday season and into next year.

As promised, I’d like to share the results of the 1st MTS reader survey. The feedback was encouraging, and confirmed that people are finding the MTS useful. Based on the responses, here is a wrap up of the data.

  • The average rating was 4+ stars (out of 5).
  • More than 80% of those surveyed read almost every issue.
  • The two most useful sections are the LinkedIn Tip of the Month and the articles / resources.
  • Though readers found my personal introduction less essential, 96% read it and enjoy it.
  • Nearly 100% of readers think it’s just the right length, and like receiving it once a month.
  • More than half of the respondents like having a content theme.

Based on these findings, I will continue to offer the MTS on a monthly basis, with themed content in 2018. Thanks to everyone who completed the survey and provided positive comments! It was nice to confirm that my time is well spent helping others through the MTS. Finally, congratulations to raffle winner, Dyanne Rousseau! She won $20 for a future Amazon purchase.

Have a happy holiday season,
Paula

P.S. Please forward this to a friend, if you like what I have to share.

P.P.S. I only want to send things to those who want to receive them. If you want to unsubscribe at any time, please follow the instructions at the bottom of this message.

LINKED IN – TIP OF THE MONTH

Commit 15 Minutes Each Weekday to LinkedIn
A respected career colleague, Jim Peacock, wrote a great post this fall on how to spend 15 minutes a day on LinkedIn and make it count. I recommend you check it out.

I have read many articles that suggest you can spend a minimal amount of time on LinkedIn each day, but then they give you ideas to implement that will definitely take more time than mentioned in the headline. In contrast, Jim’s suggestions really are doable in the time frame of 15 minutes.

As we all know, it’s easy to spend more time than planned on the computer. I suggest setting a timer to keep yourself accountable or posting a sticky note with your daily LinkedIn task, to keep yourself on track when distractions arise.

USEFUL ARTICLES WITH LINKS

The articles below share productivity tips and best practices. Some common themes throughout the posts are: writing lists, using calendars, and making time for yourself.

Jennifer Rudloff of healthways.com shares useful advice for the holidays that can be applied to any time of the year.

Deborah Sweeney shares time management tips during the holidays, specifically for women who work from home.

Jillian Kramer of glassdoor.com shares some tried and true advice to improve your productivity.

Finally, Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, explains how restoration is necessary to increase your productivity.

 

EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Looking for a gift to give a career professional this holiday season? Why not give a copy of the 3rd Edition of The Essential Guide to Career Certifications?

This 2017 electronic publication features 50+ career industry credentials. Each entry includes the certification name and area of focus, a verified link to the training provider’s website, costs involved, program length, eligibility criteria, and renewal requirements.

My LinkedIn webinar for the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu went well on November 16th. If you want to view the recording, it’s available to anyone who creates an account on BrightTalk.

Paula Brand - MS, GCDF, CPRW, JCTC

Paula Brand – MS, GCDF, CPRW, JCTC
As an experienced Career Counselor & Coach, my mission is to inspire you to manage your career by embracing LinkedIn! Reach your career goals faster by letting me show you how to use LinkedIn more effectively. By staying on top of the constant changes, I can save you time and make this process much easier.

Write to: paula@paulabrand.com or call me at 443-254-8173.

If you received this from a friend and would like to receive your own Monthly Tip Sheet, please click here to sign up.