Thanks for turning up to like and comment on my posts. It is a huge motivation.
This comment came from a friend who has recently started writing more. When he writes. I show up, and he likes that!
“Can I go “I am a nice guy” and share some platitudes?” I wonder.
“But you aren’t such a nice guy, and you don’t turn up for everyone!” chips in the Math guy. This guy has a habit of turning up at the wrong time, every time!
Anyway, since I can no longer blow my trumpet, I’ll let you in on the secret. It’s a manager secret – boring but effective. Here is that magic technique:
Turn it into a checklist.
Before I go further, let me acknowledge that the math guy is right. I do not comment on everybody’s posts by default. This is the criteria I use for deciding who to turn up for:
- Someone who writes well is very committed but is just starting on a platform (LinkedIn/ Twitter/WordPress). So she doesn’t get the engagement she deserves, and I turn up to encourage her. This is not altruism (though it’s fun to paint it that way!) – it’s the sheer joy of seeing a rocket ship in its infancy.
- Someone who has excellent content but is still working on the articulation. This person is searching for her voice and will benefit from some support until she finds it.
- Someone who requests you to be an accountability partner.
- My favorite authors, including Mentor posts.
Once you have the list (and it’s less than 5 people at a given time), here’s what I do. I create the checklist. In this case it’s a repeating task on my ToDo system (it happens to be Things) based on the frequency at which they ship.
And then everyday, when it matters, I show up. The ToDos in fact even allow me to nudge them when they are falling behind. It works like magic.The rest automatically lands in a separate hey.com folder I read at my leisure. I’ll expand on this one in a subsequent post if you are interested.
Do you use a similar hack?