Finding time is a challenge when social networking is on your to-do list. That’s because it can be so tempting to get ‘lost’ in cyberspace.
So, what can you do when you are at your computer and temptations like web-surfing, some ‘extracurricular’ social-networking, Google, and/or Amazon tug at you?
Indeed, this is one of the premier challenges of our world today.
How do you maintain focus and stay in charge of your time while staying connected online?
3 Social Networking Tips to Keep You on Track and In Charge
- Keep a social networking log for a week. How much time do you actually spend on social media? Record the time you spend and how you are spending it. Use broad categories. Make no judgments. Just record the facts. Once you have the facts, you can make informed choices.
- Keep your goal in mind when you use social media. Don’t give in to the temptation to read all the interesting tweets and posts you see. Stick to your plan and stay on task. Keep a running list of interesting items you notice. Promise yourself that you will set aside time to check them out later. This makes it easier to let them go NOW.
- Set time parameters for your task, so you don’t get lost. It is very easy to lose time while you are on the computer. Use a timer to set a stop time for yourself. Then be sure to stop when the timer goes off.
Remember, if time on the internet is taking you away from other things you need to be doing, you need to pay attention to that. View this as an opportunity to look at your priorities and take charge of your choices. When you take more positive control of your social networking activity, you will not only be finding more focus … you will also be finding time.
© Copyright 2017 Paula Eder, Ph.D.