Maybe you're like me -- you have every intention of popping out to my developerWorks to interact with the community but you can't sneak away from the community gathering in your inbox, begging for attention.
Until I started my 5-in-5 habit, my intentions rarely developed into actions. The concept is simple: I have a list of 5 very easy tasks I can easily accomplish in 5 minutes on my developerWorks. When I have more time, I do more of course, but this little list has helped me get going on the days I feel especially pressed. Perhaps my list will help you pen your own list.
1. First thing in the morning, I sign into My developerWorks from the My developerWorks module in the upper right corner of the dW home page and click the My widgets tab on the My Home page. I pick the first blog post with an interesting title and read it. Often, I click the green + (in the upper right corner) to recommend it. If I have more time, I read several posts.
2. I copy the URL of that post to my clipboard and create a bit.ly link for it. If I'm running low on time, I skip the bit.ly conversion. On the My Home page, I update my status (click back to the Updates tab and look under My status) with a teaser about the post I just read. Something like this, for example:
3. I pick one download I'd like to recommend today. It's usually the same download I tweeted about from the dWdownloadsDame Twitter account. From the My Home page, I search on the name of the download with the scope "My bookmarks." I either edit that bookmark or create a new bookmark if I don't have one already. Typically, I edit the bookmark, add new tags (for example, dW_download is a new tag I've started using) and I add the dW recommendation tag. Then I save the bookmark to any related communities I've joined lately.
4. By now, I'm usually feeling a little nosy, so I pop over to my watchlist (the 3rd subtab under My Widgets on the My Home page) and choose one person to "spy" on. Often I click on slangingham, to read the podcast updates Scott has posted recently.
5. As a final step, I go back to My widgets from the My Home page and read a few more blogs if there's time. Some days, I get the itch to rearrange My Widgets page. Like moving furniture around in the living room, adding, changing, and deleting widgets from my page gives me a new perspective and helps me learn something more about where I can go to get different bits of news.
Of course, there's nothing special about these 5 little tasks -- I'm sure you have your own favorites. The key for me is to have a short list of things I can easily do, for the days when I'm not able to make hard decisions or learn new things. Make your own list and share it here -- I'd be delighted to read your 5-in-5's.
See you on my watchlist!