A Day in the Life

The last 24 hours haven’t been particularly unusual but more representative of what being networked and connected means.

Sunday 9:19pm I posted this:

Within a few minutes dozen of folks piled on and added to this document.


Monday 9:33am I sent an email to 4 of my colleagues asking for some ideas for a workshop I’m doing on Wednesday.

10:06 am I receive a phone call from Jannita Demian who shared a specific strategy she’s used before. She posted a few links to my google doc as well.

11:02 am I get an email from Hall Davidson with a great culminating activity using video

11:42 am I see  a chat box appear from Steve Dembo with a great suggestion on using scenarios. We exchange a few ideas and decided to post the question to twitter.


A few minutes later I get about 14 responses including some DMs.

1:09 I start a Google Hangout with Porter Palmer to further discuss the idea.


I share this not to brag but I suppose I am to a degree. I’m truly proud of the network I have, the colleagues and community I work with and the way in which they make my life easy.

In the past many of us would take the tasks we’re given and plug away at them believing that hard work is about putting your nose to the grindstone and building something yourself. To me, this is the classic example of working smarter, not harder. And lest you think this is because I have an extensive network it’s not. Yes, it’s helpful to have lots of people in your network and that does take time. But the email I sent out was to 4 people. Those 4 people are not exclusive to Dean Shareski. Those 4 people believe in sharing and community and would just as likely help you with your issue as they would help me. Not only do that get paid to do just that, they like doing it. And those 4 people are not unique. The DEN is made up of people who would do the very same thing for you.

I hope you’re finding ways to work smarter. If you’re not, tweet me, email me or call me. I may not be able to help you but I know people who can.


One Comment;

  1. Janice Abernethy said:

    The thing that is cool, Dean, is that the same thing happened to me today. I was networking with a couple of people today on edmodo, on a google doc, and on blogger. We were doing some brainstorming and we were coming up with some AMAZING ideas. Only difference was, school is out, my network is students and we are changing the world. Well part of it was changing the world (Our Alex and Hayden Show about autism is really taking off. We are doing some fundraising gigs and planning some on location shoots. So it’s pretty cool! Here is the link. You should really check it out if you haven’t seen it yet. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL638cGONxGuDhIUwxXrlynYDYu49Cxphn ) The other networking we were doing was getting word out that one of our chinchillas had a baby on the first day we had no school OF COURSE! And that meant sharing out pictures and brainstorming names and then creating a poll for a name, so I don’t know about you and your networking friends, Dean. Mine don’t make my work easier. Mine EXHAUST me! Happy Summer!

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