15 Tips on Time Management for Business Journalism

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Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents "15 Tips on Time Management for Business Journalists" with Tami Luhby.

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15 Tips on Time Management for Business Journalism

  1. 1. 15 Tips on Time Management for Business Journalists Tami Luhby Senior Writer, CNNMoney
  2. 2. Help you accomplish what you need to do Offer time-saving tips Assist you with prioritizing Aid with organization Today’s Agenda
  3. 3. Tracking Your Time RescueTime.com Toggl.com Stayfocusd – extension for Google Chrome What do you do now? Tip #1
  4. 4. Prioritize What do I have to do this morning? Today This week This month Keep track of your job Tip #2 Photo by Flick user Joe Lanman
  5. 5. Stay focused Work on one task until completed Block out outside interference Turn off your personal email/IM Stay on the agenda in meetings Keep track of your job Tip #3 Photo by Flickr user Dexte-r
  6. 6. Don’t procrastinate Just pick up the phone or send the email Once you start, momentum will build Limit the water cooler chat/Web surfing Keep track of your job Tip #4
  7. 7. Set up a system First, write the story Then tweet it Then do the podcast/video Will help you juggle demands Keep track of your job Tip #5 Photo by Flickr user LeventMagic
  8. 8. The To Do List Use it to plan out the week Personalize Keep all in one place Write down all that you have to do Include phone numbers/directions Keep track of your life Tip #6 Photo by Flickr user Rachael Ashe
  9. 9. My ToDo list
  10. 10. Batching/Alarms Do things in clusters Set time to check email Set up alarms in Outlook Keep track of your life Tip #7
  11. 11. Be reasonable in what you can accomplish Schedule when you have to finish tasks Focus on highest priority things first Don’t try to do everything in one day Keep track of your life Tip #8
  12. 12. Relax, refresh, reboot Take some downtime Go back to story after break or in the morning Let yourself think creatively Keep track of your life Tip #9 Photo by Flickr user Lauren Withrow
  13. 13. Watch the competition Read rivals – consumer & industry File their stories Keep track of facts & statistics Keep track of your beat Tip #10 Photo by Flickr user fiftymm99
  14. 14. 20 th Century filing
  15. 15. 21 st Century filing
  16. 16. Use Web alerts Set up Google Alerts Create My Yahoo, Google Reader, RSS feeds Follow sources on Twitter Sign up for email daily digests Get SEC/regulatory alerts on companies Keep track of your beat Tip #11
  17. 17. Know what’s coming Read the papers the night before You know what’s in store Your editors don’t catch you unaware Keep track of your beat Tip #12 Photo by Flickr user garryknight
  18. 18. Handling sources Note rivals’ sources Enter all sources in your file immediately Jot down what rival source quoted on Email the night before to set up interviews Keep track of “real people” who contact you Keep track of your beat Tip #13
  19. 19. Keeping track of sources
  20. 20. Story ideas Keep file of story ideas Include sources Note studies/websites Keep track of your beat Tip #14
  21. 21. Working on project Make list of all sources and their status Maintain list of what needs to be done Keep files of relevant documents Keep track of your beat Tip #15 Photo by Flickr user lex thoonen
  22. 22. Prioritize Stay focused Know what you have to do Read rivals Keep track of sources Maintain story idea file In Summary

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