One of my secrets for getting things done is to batch process a lot of my social media activities. When I say batch process I mean that I spend a set amount of time writing my posts, tweets, and Facebook updates and schedule them to release at certain times.
In this post I’m going to teach you how to the processes that I use to batch process my social media.
Schedule a WordPress Post
I like to write a bunch of blog posts at once and then drip them out a couple of times a week. This serves two purposes. The first is that I can focus on my writing for a few hours. I won’t have to worry about always meeting a deadline each week. The second is that my readers are getting a consistent stream of new information. This post was actually written 3 weeks before it actually published to the blog.
- From within a post of WordPress look in the upper right hand corner of the post. You will see “Publish Immediately” with an edit link next to it.
- Select the Edit link and choose a date that you want to have the post go live on the blog.
- Once you are ready to schedule the post click on the blue “Schedule” button.
If you are using Blogger you can view how to schedule a post here.
Schedule a Tweet with Tweetdeck or Hootsuite
The official Twitter product does not let you schedule tweets unless they are promoted tweets which cost money. However, both Tweetdeck and Hootsuite allow you to schedule Tweets to post in the future.
Schedule a Facebook Post
Facebook posts are a little more difficult for me to schedule since they are generally more about building relationships than linking to a post. However, there is a benefit to scheduling a status update to a time when more teachers would be reading their Facebook streams (late afternoon, evenings).
- Go to your Facebook page
- Type the status update as you normally would
- Before you hit ‘post’ click on the clock to schedule
- Choose the day and time that you want to schedule the post
- Click Schedule
It’s the little things like batch processing activities that allow you to stay focused on the tasks that you need to get completed.
There are times that you want to save one of your pages from a PowerPoint presentation as an image.
I’ve created a quick video on exactly how to do that.
- From within PowerPoint you will choose File>Save As
- Then change the file type to .jpg, .png, or .gif.
- PowerPoint will ask you if you want to save all slides as images or just the current slide. Make the appropriate selection and choose Save.
- The image(s) will be saved in the current default folder.
These images can be used for TpT product preview or for images on Pinterest.
If you only need a portion of the image you can use a program like the Windows Snipping tool or Jing.
Summertime is right around the corner and your Teachers pay Teachers sales have likely come to a screeching halt. The decrease in sales is enough to make you second guess everything you’re doing, but the reality is that June and July are likely going to be slower than any other months throughout the year. The good news is that August is coming and the customers will be back in full force.
This summer I’ve already put in a plan into place to start pumping out some new products. That’s not to say that I’m going to put off having some fun also. There is plenty of fun on the agenda, including a cruise and a trip out to Vegas with my wife for the TpT conference.
If you remember back to my e-book I talked developing a system to achieve your goals. It’s great to have a goal to create 5 new products this summer, but if you don’t have the system to make that happen then you basically have nothing.
Do you have any products that are almost done? 90% of a completed product is still 0% to a customer. Get those suckers wrapped up and move on to the next one.
Tips to Streamline Your Product Creation Process
- Write item descriptions first and then build the product from them.
- Schedule blocks of time that are specifically dedicated to creating products, and creating products only. No email, social media, browsing allowed.
- Batch schedule my social media updates, blog posts, and tweets so that I can free up time to create more products. In fact, this post was actually written about two weeks ago and scheduled to post on this day.
- Create units/products that can be bundled together.
How do you plan on spending your summer? Are you going to focus on TpT? I would love to hear some of your favorite tips in the comments.