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Finding Time

I have been remiss with my posting here on Bloggertone.

On the surface, the reasons for this are obvious and mainly centre on my business and commercial decisions that had to be made.

time management, blogging, social mediaI kept up the blogging on my own site but essentially was looking “inward”.

Not good!

As a great believer in the power of social media as a positive influencer from the perspective of nurturing and growing a business, this was not the right decision.

My time got away from me.

I never found the right moment to be able to take that 30 minutes to an hour out of the week to write a blog post for the site. Sure, I’ve re-tweeted and “sweeted” but not engaged which is where the strength of social media is to be found.

The posts on the site are always insightful and taking the time to acknowledge them and adding to the conversations that they start is worthwhile.

The contributors to the site (bloggers and commenter’s alike) embrace social media. They understand its power and influence and how it can help them drive their businesses in the longer term – whatever that business may be.

The links created back to the bloggers and commenter’s websites have a positive influence from the perspective of search engine rankings and visibility.

Oh and it’s actually kind of fun too!

I’ve had the privilege of meeting with a few of the folks and am inspired by their passion not only to make a success of Bloggertone or for their own businesses – but also for the drive and willingness to share what each and every contributor says.

This is the very essence of what social media is all about.

It’s time to find the time!

Photo: Robbert van der Steeg

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The Author:

Budding entrepeneur working on software product solutions for business. My background is mainly operational and senior management roles in mobile telecoms and software houses. Areas of expertise include professional services, out-sourcing, team management and general operations management. I've made the conscious decision to create my own company having spent the last 20 years learning in the corporate world. In my contributions to this forum, I will share some insights and learnings that I've picked up along the way and hopefully they will be useful to some or all!

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  • Fred

    Welcome back Barney!! Really looking forward to your posts man :)

  • Niall Devitt

    Hey Barney, It’s difficult to find the time to do everything! It’s great to have you back man & by the way we are coming up to our first birthday I think :)

  • Facundo

    Welcome back Barney. We all look forward to your posts!

  • Barney Austen

    Thanks all!

  • Mike Holmes

    I’m with everyone else Barney…glad to have you back! :)

  • Ivan Walsh

    Hey Barney.

    One thing that helps me is to write in batches.

    In other words, I head off somewhere and write 5-10 posts in one go. Then I have enough ammo (sorry content) to keep the blogs going while I work on other things.


  • Anonymous

    Welcome back Barney. As I sit reading this I’m conscious that this week I haven’t taken the time to write the posts that I wanted to. It’s not easy. I like Ivan’s point about writing in batches.

  • Mairéad Kelly

    Nice post Barney. I’m guilty of the very same thing, only I’ve also let my own blog slide too. Like Ivan I used to write in batches and I also had a guest blog spot, all neglected due to concentrating my attention elsewhere. A nice reminder to get back to my blogging.

  • Elaine Rogers

    We come and go – that is the very nature of human nature – like networking, writing our own blogs, and committing to write for Bloggertone. I am in the same boat as you Barney. Glad to be busy earning but have neglected my social networking and blogging.

    I am sitting today on a Saturday to write a “batch” of blogs and spend some time hanging out here too. However my day has run away again, and still haven’t written my posts. It’s tough out there, but we do come back – that’s the main thing!

    Welcome home :)

  • Barney Austen

    Thanks for the comment Elaine. The writing the blogs in batches does work. But it does take a chunk out of the day. For me, it has just got to become part of the working week in the same manner as any other aspect to the business.

  • Barney Austen

    Thanks for the comment Mairead.

  • Barney Austen

    HI Ivan

    Thanks for the comment. I too write in batches – but am not doing enough in one go I think. Need to increase the number a little to help myself out.


  • Catherine Connors

    Nice to see you back Barney…. and I look forward to reading more of your posts :)

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  • Bernice Karanja

    well researched, very informative!

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  • Tyler

    Great information here.  Very thorough, and many good points.  Ensuring that people enjoy their work is one of the best ways to make sure that they do a good job, and stay with the company.

  • MySecret Staff

    Great tips! I like “The best performing employee is the happy employee” the most. Who wants to work with a wrinkle on his forehead? Exactly my point :))

  • Johnyaeger85

    Goal Setting and Time management are important skills to increase productivity. Time management without having a clear defined set of goals can lead to waste. 

  • Joe

    All good points. For number #4, I’d put an emphasis on “recognize”. Blanket rewards or praise to the workforce definitely help morale, but when you recognize individuals for specific achievements (and reward them accordingly), it’s much more beneficial, for those individuals and the organization as a whole. For the individual, it confirms to them that his or her work is both valuable and appreciated. For the organization, recognition and praise of individual effort can spur teams to aim higher in their work, encouraging others to strive for similar accolades. While software can help track workforce productivity and efficiency (our own solutions help align project and resource portfolios: ), it ultimately requires personal involvement by management and leadership to achieve the best efficiencies.

  • Dasha Golubeva

    I’d add one more hack to this list – taking short breaks during the workday. In a survey that we ran a couple of months ago, about 32% said that it’s one of the most powerful efficiency triggers for them. I’d join this group of respondents, if I’d vote, too :) And I was researching this topic, I read that some companies, including global industry leaders, even support that in the organizational policy. In case you’re interested in some more science of productive breaks, we put together an infographic with some remarkable facts and figures:

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  • Comidor

    That’s an interesting article indeed! What I would like to point out is the importance of cloud technology in productivity. All these cloud business applications like Comidor ( have made collaboration much easier than before and helped in boosting the every employees productivity levels.

  • veronikatondon


    Very useful indeed. Incentives and rewards are on top of my list too. Using tools like Google Drive and Invoicera help a lot in team collaboration and improving productivity.


  • Yogesh Sharma

    Great post ever and i got to know many things with it . Thank you For posting this idea :)

  • Lottie Fury

    Great article Neil. As a manager I have a team and to improve my teams productivity and mine I got iPads and downloaded an app called Beesy. Thanks to it You can organise your actions directly from your notes, and manage at the same time your projects, actions, contacts and delegate easily thanks to the meeting minute option that is automatic. Check it out if you want to gain time at work!

  • RAF

    Thank you very much for these information Neil! You helped me a lot in my school assignments. Looking for other articles in the future! God bless!

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