How many times have you sat down at your desk with the plans for a productive day and you think, “I’ll just check Facebook really quick and get to work.” Before you know it you look up and it’s noon and you haven’t gotten much accomplished outside of seeing what everyone else was doing, watching some videos, and looking at pictures. Ok, so that may be a little bit of an exaggeration (maybe) but social media can be a huge time suck if we let it.
Facebook and Pinterest are my weakness. I admit that I spend way too much time on both and usually end up feeling guilty because of it.
Having two teenage girls and 2 1/2 year old twin boys at home makes for a very busy day with a very short window of time to commit to work. There are times when I put the boys down for a nap and find myself scrolling through Pinterest to find the latest DIY project I want to start. Great for crafting. Not so great for business. That is my biggest struggle: deciding whether to use those precious few hours for “me” time or use them to work on my business.
What I’ve figured out is, it comes down to is prioritization. When you take the time to really think about what is important, it puts everything into perspective. I want my business to be much more than just a “side job.” I want to turn it into something I’m proud of, something that provides for my family, and something that will help make my dreams a reality. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t think that will happen spending a ton of free time on Facebook. What do you want most out of your business? What are your priorities?
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the last week or so about how I can improve my productivity and get more accomplished in the time that I have. Here are some things that have helped to keep me focused and productive throughout the day.
This is a pretty obvious one but definitely something that takes a little bit of discipline. You have to make up your mind that you aren’t going to check social media first thing in the morning. One of the first things that I noticed myself doing as soon as I woke up was reaching for my phone.
I always post one of my favorite quotes on Facebook each day to start the morning off. However, once I did that, I would find myself scrolling through the newsfeed and wasting time. (My kids are all still asleep at this time usually so it is the perfect time to get some work done)
Instead, schedule in some time throughout the day for 5 – 10 minutes when you take a break from work. Write it on the calendar.
If you absolutely have to to check Facebook, Twitter, etc, time yourself. Set an alarm on your phone or your computer or get a good old fashioned kitchen timer. (I’ve got one and I love it!) Who needs brand new technology to stay focused and on track???
Put it to Good Use
Keep in mind, I’m not implying that using social media is a bad thing. It CAN be a huge time suck, but it is also be one of the most effective ways to build our business. We can promote our business, find clients, and connect with people all over the world with one click of a button.
Effectively using social media is not hard, and it’s not a skill that we have to learn. However it does take a little bit of planning on our part.
Tanya Smith from TanyaSmithOnline.com provides some excellent tips in her post, Manage Your Social Media Networking Time Effectively. She offers some great advice on how to stay productive and manage your time on social media so it doesn’t manage you.
Her tips are simple yet effective and definitely something you can include in part of your daily routine.
If you’re anything like me I need some guidance and serious focus when it comes to avoiding the social media time suck. These tips have helped me get back on track and I hope they will do the same for you!
Have a great rest of the week!