I’m quite impressed with everyone’s responses on the forum so far. As socially engaged and tech-savvy as I am, I do not touch any device until I get to work on Mondays – Fridays. I appreciate my sleep, and if it’s a choice between an extra 10 mins in bed or checking my social media outlets and email, I’ll take the sleep!
In my work, I’m usually connected in some way for 90% of my day – I guess that’s another reason why I don’t check things first thing in the morning when I wake up – however, I do check first thing in the mornings on Saturdays and Sundays, when I’m not working – this is when my personal social accounts get attended to the most.
So, a typical day at work (starting at 7.30am because I check all these outlets before everyone else arrives at 8.15am) is to open TweetDeck to prepare scheduled tweets for any or all the Twitter accounts I manage and am responsible for – this may not only be my personal accounts, but work and conference accounts. Then, I’ll open my Feedly – to see what’s happening in different areas through my selected RSS feeds – whatever stands out as useful to myself, colleagues, or anyone else I deal with, I push through Twitter. So, Twitter is like a curation tool for myself too. Sometimes, I find some news that might be pertinent to my work, and re-tweet it after a quick scan to read later when I have time to scratch myself.
Next, I check my work email – as a liaison librarian, I receive numerous emails from teaching staff asking for resources, classes or simply advice on finding information. It is also through my work email that I get updates from LinkedIn and Facebook – I join and follow groups and contacts that will help me with my professional development. This helps me to keep abreast of webinars that I might like to attend, conferences that I can register for, or simply white papers on topics that might increase my knowledge in any given area – but, these usually revolve around internet technologies, e-Learning and Instructional Design, UX, social media and information literacy.
If I have time throughout the day, I play… I play to learn. I read about new tools that have worked for others or that are new on the scene. I download them and play with them and think about if/how I could use them to my advantage. PollEverywhere, Popplet, Mindmeister, Storify, Learnist, Net Vibes, so many things out there! I try not to get overwhelmed and play with them as time allows – if the tool is any good, it is added to my PD/social engagement/learning/teaching mix.
The most important thing is that I have at least two browsers open (usually Chrome and Firefox) with tabs ready to open that I have remembered in my settings. So, as you can imagine, this might take me a few minutes to load up – I usually get my browsers started while I make my first, imperative, cup of coffee for the day. I am always on Twitter, Facebook, Feedly, Google (Gmail, Drive, Google+, Youtube), DIIGO, LinkedIn, Blackboard (as a moderator), The Age (Melb) newspaper, New Matilda, and other news sites of interest and the library web site at my work to answer reference questions from my desk if I need to. In my breaks, which are rare in my world, I login to my OUA unit’s LMS to see what I can contribute to, or work on to meet my unit’s assessment’s requirements.
I am always connected… if I’m not at my work desktop PC, I am looking at my iPhone or iPad (especially when in conferences to follow a Twitter hashtag). But I’m a Gen X’er, so I know when to put these devices away while I speak to a client or colleague face-to-face. In my work, I meet a lot of Gen Y’s and Millennials that will interrupt a conversation with me to answer their phone. This drives me insane… and I walk away and ask them to speak with me when they’re free in the most polite way I can. It is being on the receiving end of this treatment at times that reminds me of being empathic when I am “connected” in the same way around others. The people in the room around me come first, the online stream of information can wait until later.
I am an information specialist… and because I use these outlets so regularly for work and play, I have developed an acute skill of skimming through information quickly, and locating the keywords that will make me dig deeper and find out more when it’s relevant. This is where UX and content development are really important in my mind. A good heading and lots of white space helps me in ascertaining and distinguishing the “good” information from the “bad” – for my clients, colleagues and everyone else I work with in some capacity. Combined with my information literacy skills, and the fact that I have been using the internet since the early 90s, I can quickly discern what is worthwhile to find out more about and what is not. If I miss something important, it usually is re-tweeted or re-posted by others within my professional and social worlds – so this is reassuring. I can’t be on top of everything at once, no matter how hard I try! 🙂
Lastly, when I’m driving or riding, my iPod is connected in my car or in my helmet, and I’m catching up on podcasts (usually from ABC) or, if relaxing, playing MP3s I have downloaded through iTunes. Mind you, my mobile is bluetooth connected in my car/helmet and this can be interrupted at any time by a call of some kind. But more SMS’íng and tweeting goes on than speaking on my mobile.
Gee… I’m prattling on here… sorry! But, all of the points I have made, really, truly are the “typical” day in my work world.
- Why Social Media Trumps In-Person Networking (business2community.com)
- Twitter Marketing (ashutoshsaxena8.wordpress.com)