Right now, you are probably walking around with some sort of list detailing the things you need to do, tasks you need to complete, and strategies you need to implement for the coming year.

To-Do lists are great for keeping us organized and helping us get through our busy days, but do they really help us accomplish creating the image, person, and character needed to run our business or live our lives more successfully?

What would happen if we turned that TO DO List into a TO BE list? What if at the end of that busy week, we could look back at all the things we accomplished that helped us discover our strengths, foster important relationships, and live a more balanced and joyful life?

To-do list book.

‘Being’ and ‘doing’ are inseparable aspects of the human condition and attention must be paid to both, so I’m giving this a shot in 2011. I have started my TO BE list detailing the kind of person, business, and organization that I am willing to work hard on becoming and developing in the next weeks and months.

It is not complete by any means, but here’s my start:

To Be List -January 2-January9, 2011:

  • TO BE more open and willing to share content that will empower and engage my customers in new and innovative ways. Tools like Shareaholic and Friendfeed make this easy and simple.
  • TO BE more engaging on line. Comment more, share tweets of value, and extend the conversations beyond the chit chat. TwitLonger , Tweetalot, and Plurk are great ways to take your connections to the next level.
  • TO BE more aware of my impact. Monitoring the velocity and reach of my contributions can help me be more targeted in my efforts. I love TweetReach and Klout as they give me insight into how I can be better impacting and influencing the conversation.
  • TO BE more intentional; acknowledging publicly the contributions I see others making. Add members of Your Dream Team to a Twitter List or let your Top Followers know why they matter. I use the #WF-Why Follow to add to my #FF Follow Friday picks

At the end of this week, I hope to look back and see how much I have accomplished in these specific areas. (I have a sneaking suspicion, that if I can accomplish this; my “To Do” lists will be impacted as well.)
If you value being number one, increasing your market share, creating a more loyal following, or developing more powerful relationships, then you need a TO BE list and action strategies to ensure success.

What will  your TO BE  be in 2011?

Written By AngelaMaiers

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Angela Maiers

Angela is an active blogger, social media evangelist , and passionate advocate for bridging the gap between business and education. She is a recognized educational leader, trainer, and author. She is the owner and Chief Learning Officer at Maiers Educational Services, a company emphasizing the creative use of technology and social media to advance learning; in and out of the classroom.

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  • http://www.mytwittertoolbox.com David Perdew

    Being and doing go hand in hand, one motivates the other to happen. So, at the very least, I will be more available and proactive in engaging people I do business with, and people I’d like to know better, personally and professionally. That’s number one for me. Relationships are so important to success with any endeavor in life.

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  • http://www.shashi.name/ Shashib

    A few days ago my friend Heidi Kallett posted this on Facebook” According to David Kohl, professor emeritus at VT; people who regularly write down their goals earn nine times as much over their lifetimes as the people who don't. And yet, 80% of Americans say they don't have goals. 16% do have goals but don't write them down. Less than 4% write down their goals, and fewer than 1% actually review them on an ongoing basis”

    I am a device geek but my best time has been when I was able to write down goals which mostly were tactic to-do. Your article makes sense for a to-be list which all of us have in our heads but making it a list is a good way to accomplish them.

    • http://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers Angela Maiers

      That is awesome Shashib. It makes total sense, but is a concrete reminder of how important the list can be. I have heard similar research cited for fitness; those who write down their goals, keep food and exercise journals, etc…lose twice as much weight and keep it off longer.

      There is power in seeing both your goals and accomplishments in print. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.whitevector.com Mikko Rummukainen

    Thanks for the post Angela, I like your inspirational approach!

    I work for a social media analytics company based in Helsinki, Finland, and I've been thinking a lot about our role in the European Social Media industry for the new year. It's really an interesting situation we're living out right now, as it feels like there are even more expectations for social media business for this year than there were for 2010 (which was a lot as well).

    I'll surely work on my list further, but here are a few ideas I mustered up quickly:

    - TO BE more understanding of our customers social media needs. What are they trying to accomplish? What is the main use case for each social media platform, are they similar or very different across platforms?

    - TO BE more explicit about the benefits our clients should expect to receive from social media analysis – especially based on the use cases they are working on. Having reasonable explanations on what to expect from social media feedback could really help with setting reasonable objectives for analysis efforts.

    - TO BE a better member of the professional social media community as an organization. Mainly by engaging with other great minds and really gaining lots of fresh ideas through meaningful discussions.

    • http://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers Angela Maiers

      Hi Mikko-

      I think you are right, there is great pressure to perform with expectations high for both sides. I love your TO BE list as it puts focus back on the human aspects of social technologies.

      You questions are powerful reflective tools to ensure you are making the right decisions across tools and platforms.

      You have inspired me right back- thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/moscreative moscreative

    I like a lot of the To Be's you've posted. Those are definitely some great tips for those who are involved on Twitter but still just getting their feet wet or are treading water so to speak.

    Did anyone see the article about Twitter breaking a record on New Years? We did a post about it on our blog this morning at http://blog.moscreative.com

    With the New Year Twitter broke the “tweets per second” record by almost twice as much!! Pretty crazy.

    -Nick
    MOS Creative

  • http://twitter.com/RealPageMichael Michael Cunningham

    What a great post. Not only did it inspire me to rethink my to-do lists, it inspired me to write my own blog post about it (full attribution and links, of course). Thank you for giving me some serious brain food to munch on this weekend.

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  • http://pragmaticpr.wordpress.com/ Melissa Erb

    Great Blog! It inspired me to make a To-Be list for 2011 as well. You can check it out here: http://pragmaticpr.wordpress.c…/ PS- I gave some shout-outs to your post too, of course! Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers Angela Maiers

    @Michael, @Melissa, and @Moscreative- so glad the post inspired your own “TO BE” List. I look forward to hearing how productive and awesome your next few weeks are for you!

  • http://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers Angela Maiers

    Hi Mikko-

    I think you are right, there is great pressure to perform with expectations high for both sides. I love your TO BE list as it puts focus back on the human aspects of social technologies.

    You questions are powerful reflective tools to ensure you are making the right decisions across tools and platforms.

    You have inspired me right back- thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers Angela Maiers

    That is awesome Shashib. It makes total sense, but is a concrete reminder of how important the list can be. I have heard similar research cited for fitness; those who write down their goals, keep food and exercise journals, etc…lose twice as much weight and keep it off longer.

    There is power in seeing both your goals and accomplishments in print. Thanks for sharing!

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