Resto Shamans Proper Totem Placements 101 (patch 2.4.3)

Don't start placing totems till everyone gets in position for a boss fight. Often times I see shamans (all specs) place totems at the doorway before running in along with the tanks and dps. People are so spread out and so far away from the totems (including yourself) won't get benefits from any of the totems at the doorway. If you don't have time to place totems after running into position because the tank gets hit hard, simply place one totem, heal, place another, heal, etc. Instead of placing totems at the doorway, you now have a bigger radius of range to cover.