Monday, January 10, 2011

Social Websites a Waste of Time

Not really, don’t get riled up, but it can be distracting if you don’t have a game plan when being on any social site. I do enjoy social websites myself a great deal but……

If you do not have a system on how you are using your time, you could end up spending countless of hours doing non money generating activities. Think about it, have you ever looked at the time and said “omg, where did 2 hours go?” It has happened to me.

Yes it is great to catch up friends, perhaps do a little chat, and get better acquainted with new friends but it all should be done in moderation.

Just like anything we do in life there has to be a certain degree of moderation if not it could become detrimental. I will use food as an example. Food can be delicious and of course nutritious for your body but if you consume too much of it you can gain weight and possibly start to develop health issues.

The same can be said for social web sites. If you are not aware of how much time you are spending on there you could be jeopardizing the time that you can be using for self-development, creating content, increasing your knowledge and doing money making activities. And possibly cause you to neglect your family as well.

Here are some tips that can help you keep on track while working on social sites.

Set up time limits for your activity. If you are adding friends, give yourself 10 minutes to do that task. Same goes for checking emails, responding to emails, chatting, meeting new friends, accepting friend request and so on.

Have your daily task list posted in front of you. It is easy to get carried away with applications, videos, or just surfing other members pages. It’s alright to do that of course because you want to get to know them but have a time limit for it.

Break it up. Break up the tasks during the week. If you like to chat then limit that through out a week. Perhaps 3 to 4 times a week instead of everyday. This way it won't use up a lot of your time.

Take a half day or a day or two off the social sites where you can work on self development and content writing if you like to write articles. Or to due research on a topic that interest you.

Set up a timer. A little cooker timer is perfect. Give yourself a time limit to work on a project, set up the timer and get to work. This strategy works best for me because it adds that sense of urgency to get the task done instead of going at my leisure. I guess coming from the restaurant field I can’t break that habit. We had time limits for everything to help productivity.

I hope you find these tips to be helpful in setting up your daily method of operations. These are only suggestions that I am making. You can always adjust it to whatever makes you feel comfortable and more efficient.

Trial and error will determine the best system for you. Don't get frustrated if it doesn't work out for you the first week and your first set up. You will continue to tweak it as you wish. I constantly tweak my system to see what is working best for me.

Make sure as you make your adjustments to become more efficient. Focus and determination is your key to success.

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