Social networking can be a fun and worthwhile activity OR it can be a major time and energy drain. I posted a survey looking to learn more about how Time Finder readers feel about their social networking activity. Which is it for you?
Social Networking-Time Drain
One of our respondents highlighted a perennial challenge when it comes to social networking activities. This person noted that while he or she visited social networking websites “Very Often” the end result was that it “Often feels like a waste of time.”
That’s a discouraging double-whammy, as not only is the time gone, but it sounds like self-criticism often enters the scene at this point, too. That’s where social networking can function as both a time AND an energy drain. The more we spend time in ways that don’t feel nourishing and/or useful, the more we erode self-trust and self-confidence.
Social Networking-Reclaim Your Power
So, how can you connect with friends, family, business associates, and customers while not letting the social networks eat up your precious time? Well, when we asked how The Time Finder could help, this respondent said, “Provide the useful short tips that you already do!”
I certainly appreciate the kind words!
And then I thought that this would be a great opportunity to share 3 of my Weekly Finding Time Tips that relate to this exact time challenge.
Social Networking-3 Timely Tips
Tip: You CAN cut down on time that gets “lost” on social networks or surfing the internet.
- Action Step: Make your networking and net-surfing time the last, rather than the first thing you do on the computer. Use it as a reward for tasks accomplished!
Tip: To discover what’s stealing your time, monitor your activities.
- Action Step: Power begins with perception. Notice when you are “wandering” and don’t judge – just observe. (You’ll get much more – and much better – information if you aren’t being self-critical!)
Tip: If you can’t stop or can’t say “No” to a social networking activity, maybe you don’t know where your boundaries are.
- Action Step: List each area you say “yes” to where you wish you’d said “no”. These are your first boundaries to develop. And remember – a timer can be a big help in defining and maintaining your time boundaries for social networking!
© Copyright 2013 Paula Eder, Ph.D.