What's Up Wednesdays: Keeping Busy

This is a very hectic week for me, so I don’t need to take any lessons about keeping busy. Even so, there are some great posts in this week’s roundup that can help you make the most of the hours that you do have. Let’s get started.

Kicking things off is Bob Buskirk, who has vowed to log his hours for the next few days. When you work from home, you have to be careful about falling into the pit of distraction, so tracking your working hours (and your leisure hours, for that matter) is a good way to put things into perspective.

Luke McKinney of Smartlife Blog has compiled a list of tools that blend the line between work and play. Dubbed gamification, these are some entertaining ways that can make what would normally be considered work into something a little more playful. Chore Wars is one example where you compete against other members for a high score.

Over on Left Brain Media, we find fifteen reasons to have a Facebook page. You can do your marketing with conventional advertising, but a Facebook page is important to your business too. I have pages set up for Beyond the Rhetoric and Hadouken Online, for example. They’re free, so why wouldn’t you get one for your business?

What if podcasting is a part of your social media and business strategy? It doesn’t have to be complicated. Tris Hussey suggests using iRig Mic and iRig Recorder for iOS, if you happen to be among the iFolk already. I saw this set up at CES one year and I thought it was pretty great. It’s solid, it’s portable, and it’s relatively easy to use too.

Lauren Suval of PsychCentral approaches the topic of the quarter life crisis. It is at this point in their lives that people are often fresh out of school with big ambitions, only to get slammed in the face with the reality of the situation. I’ve been there and I know the feeling.