If there is one thing I have learned about focus and time management over the years, it is that how we spend our time and energy is an ever moving target. Why? Because seasons of life change. Priorities and goals change. Our daily routines change. And thus, so too must we change how we spend our time. My all-time favorite Ben Franklin quotes is this:Let’s talk about how to avoid squandering your time (and, thus, your life).
This was my first year to attend Jeff Goins’ conference in Nashville: Tribe. Tribe is a creative and business conference for writers. It was a delight to meet with so many folks from all spectrums of the writing world: from self-published authors, to bloggers, and more. At the start, Jeff began the weekend issuing two challenges to everyone:There was also an ever-present emphasis on focus and action.
PRE-S: I’m working on our brand new videos for The Sweet Setup regarding the awesome writing app Ulysses. If you’re interested in what we’re up to, you can learn more here. Since I use Ulysses for so much of my writing work, I am also using the month of August to dive into the higher-level topics around creating every day. Last week’s article was on how to do the work and also show your work. Next week, I’ll be talking about how to build a creative habit.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".