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How To Tweet in Just 5 Minutes a Week

How To Tweet in Just 5 Minutes a Week

    If you’re among the Twitter addicts who update multiple times per day this post won’t be of very much use. For those of you who are slowly moving away from Twitter because you don’t have the time for daily interaction, keep reading!

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    There are three primary reasons why users fail to update their Twitter streams:

    1. Lack of interest – You used Twitter for a few months but never really connected with other users.
    2. Professional involvement – You spend so much time tweeting for clients that updating your own page feels like too much work.
    3. Lack of time – You invested a lot of time on Twitter back in the day but quickly found that you spent too much time on the site for what you got out of the experience.

    In light of the near-fact that short-form text communications are here to stay, you should consider giving Twitter another try. Why?

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    • Twitter.com/yourusernamehere will always rank well on search engines. When future employers/spouses/long lost friends search for you online it’s a good idea to have your primary search results display recent and relevant results.
    • As your clients embrace Twitter they’ll start looking you up as a person to follow. Just as it’s difficult to trust a 500lb treadmill salesperson, it may be unsettling for clients to find your personal Twitter stream outdated and uninteresting.
    • It only takes 5 minutes a week to maintain a relevant and up-to-date Twitter presence.

    That’s right. It only takes five minutes a week. How? Try this:

    1. Sign up for a 3rd party platform that allows you to schedule tweets ahead of time. I recommend CoTweet because its function is straightforward and the interface is easy to navigate. TwitResponse and Hootsuite also include scheduled tweet functions.
    2. Give your chosen service access to your Twitter account and familiarize yourself with how to update your page from it. Make sure you’re logged in to Twitter.com to make easy work of granting OAuth access to your tweets. (It’s okay if that doesn’t entirely make sense to you. CoTweet’s step-by-step sign-up process will walk you through.)
    3. Pick a day for your 5-minute Twitter session. Put it on your schedule as a repeat event and stick with it.
    4. Write 5 tweets. Choose from a statement, a link to something you enjoy, a link to something one of your followers wrote, a celebration of your followers, an @ reply, something zany you overheard, a question, or an RT of something you find interesting.
    5. Write your tweets and schedule them for the coming week. You can work in a pattern or mix it up. Either way, you’ll have a Twitter page that is personable, interesting, current, and useful.

    And it only takes 5 minutes.

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    Follow Lifehack.org here for a mix of scheduled and entirely spontaneous tweets!

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    Last Updated on May 17, 2019

    This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

    This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

    The pursuit of worthwhile goals is a part of what makes life enjoyable. Being able to set a goal, then see yourself progress towards achieving that goal is an amazing feeling.

    But do you know the biggest obstacle for most people trying to achieve their goals, the silent dream killer that stops people before they ever even get started? That obstacle is the comfort zone, and getting stuck there is bound to derail any efforts you make towards achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself.

    If you want to achieve those goals, you’ll have to break free from your comfort zone. Let’s take a look at how your life will change once you build up the courage to leave your comfort zone.

    What Is the Comfort Zone?

    The comfort zone is defined as “a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.”

    What stands out to me the most about that definition is the last part: “using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.” How many successful people do you know who deliver a steady level of performance?

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    The goal in life is to continually challenge yourself, and continually improve yourself. And in order to do that, you have move out of your comfort zone. But once you do, your life will start to change in ways you could never have imagined. I know because it’s happening right now in my own life.

    Here’s what I’ve learned.

    1. You will be scared

    Leaving your comfort zone isn’t easy. In fact, in can be downright terrifying at times, and that’s okay. It’s perfectly normal to feel a little trepidation when you’re embarking on a journey that forces you to try new things.

    So don’t freak out or get overwhelmed when you feel yourself getting a little scared. It’s perfectly normal and all part of the process. What’s important is that you don’t let that fear hold you back. You must continue to take action in the face of fear.

    That’s what separates winners from losers.

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    2. You will fail

    Stepping out of your comfort zone means you’re moving into uncharted territory. You’re trying things that you’ve never tried before, and learning things you’ve never learned before.

    That steep learning curve means you’re not going to get everything right the first time, and you will eventually fail when you move out of your comfort zone. But as long as the failures aren’t catastrophic, it can actually be a good thing to fail because …

    3. You will learn

    Failure is the best teacher. I’ve learned more from each one of my failures than I have from each one of my successes. When you fail small, and fail often, you rapidly increase the rate at which you learn new insights and skills. And that new knowledge, if applied correctly, will eventually lead to your success.

    4. You will see yourself in a different way

    Once you move out of your comfort zone, you immediately prove to yourself that you’re capable of achieving more than you thought was possible. And that will change the way you see yourself.

    Moving forward, you’ll have more confidence in yourself whenever you step out of your comfort zone, and that increased confidence will make it more likely that you continue to step outside your comfort zone. And each time you do, you’ll prove to yourself again and again what you’re really capable of.

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    5. Your peers will see you in a different way

    Whether we want to admit or not, people judge other people. And right now, people view you in a certain way, and they have a certain idea of what you’re capable of. That’s because they’ve become accustomed to seeing you operate in your comfort zone.

    But once you move out of your comfort zone, you’ll prove to other people, as well, that you’re capable of much more than you’ve shown in the past.

    The increased confidence other people place in you will bring about more opportunities than ever before.

    6. Your comfort zone will expand

    The good thing about the comfort zone is that it’s flexible and malleable. With each action you take outside of your comfort zone, it expands. And once you master that new skill or action, it eventually becomes part of your comfort zone.

    This is great news for you because it means that you can constantly increase and improve upon the behaviors that you’re comfortable with. And the more tools and skills you have at your disposal, the easier it will be to achieve your goals.

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    7. You will increase your concentration and focus

    When you’re living inside of your comfort zone, the bulk of your actions are habitual: automatic, subconscious, and requiring limited focus.

    But once you move out of your comfort zone, you no longer rely on those habitual responses. You’re forced to concentrate and focus on the new action in a way you never do in your comfort zone.

    8. You will develop new skills

    Moving out of your comfort zone requires that you develop new skills. One of the many benefits you’ll experience is that you’ll be stepping away from the “limited set of behaviors” and start to develop your ability and expertise in new areas.

    Living inside of your comfort zone only requires a limited skill set, and those skills won’t contribute much to your success. Once you can confidently step outside of your comfort zone and learn a new skill, there’s no limit to how much you can achieve.

    9. You will achieve more than before

    With everything that happens once you move out of your comfort zone, you’re naturally going to achieve more than ever before.

    Your increased concentration and focus will help you develop new skills. Those new skills will change the way you see yourself, encouraging you to step even further out of your comfort zone.

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