I often get asked at school how I manage to do so many tech things with my time. I tweet, Facebook, Pin, text, blog and manage to read a few books PLUS, be a full time mom. My answer is simple: Prioritize. I spend only a little bit of time each day doing the tech stuff. I have to have time for me. (Afterall, I have to be able to play Ruzzle and Candy Crush a little bit!)
A colleague once said she spends 10 minutes a day on twitter and that is all. She schedules posts and tweets and also prewrites her blog. That got me thinking. I need to focus my time the same way.
On a daily basis, I spend a little time on twitter, unless there is an chat I am interested in attending, I merely look and scan for about ten minutes. If I strike a conversation, I stay on longer. If I come across a link on twitter that I want for later, for my blog or to use in class, I retweet it and add it to my pocket. It will be there when I need it.
I also do the same on Pinterest. I admit, it can be addicting, so I only spend a few minutes each day looking while I watch TV at night. Sometimes, I skip Pinterest. (Makes me look like less of an addict that way.)
As for my blog, I work ahead. Blogger is WONDERFUL because I can schedule and organize ahead. I use my google calendar, plan and decide what I am doing and then preschedule my blogs. If I have a day when I have nothing planned, I type my posts. If I find I am running behind on my posts, I use the archives and repost articles from the past.
Checking out tech stuff??? Well, I do that a lot while the kids are at the pool. You see, both of my kids swim competitively and when I am not subbing in as an assistant coach, I check out tech stuff. I sometimes take the laptop, sometimes stay at home, depends on the day. I refer to my Pocket or Diigo account and look over what I have saved and investigate, sample, check out. Then I take some notes and keep track. If I think it will help my teachers, I add it to my Tech Tuesday one note file and voila, I am done. I get ahead a lot this way.
I also started listening to audio books. That has helped me stay in the game with books and manage the tech. I don't overdo the technology, but, sometimes, with grading, being a mom and needing a rest, I don't have time to sit and focus on a book. Audio books allow me to be Suzy Homemaker and still listen to a great read.
Yes, I am a little crazy. Yes, I am a geek. Yes, I manage my time well because I don't let the tech take over my life. I put limits on what I do. This is how I do it.... plus, I think I have ADHD :)