Is social media hijacking your productive time? As bloggers, we have to use social media to get the word out about our work. We use social media to promote, network, and learn about growing our sites.
It’s easy to get distracted, and start clicking on different links that were designed to pique our interest. Before we know it, an hour has passed, and we’ve lost a lot of time we set aside to work on our blogs.
To maximize the time we spend on social media, it’s helpful to make a game plan and stick to it. Everyone’s social media needs will be different, but here’s a way you can come up with a plan for yourself:
How to Create a Plan to Make the Most of Time Spent on Social Media
- Tweak your plan as you go. After you time your social media use a few times, you’ll start to see what a realistic time frame is for you to get everything accomplished. Change your plan so it works for your needs.
- Finish early? Decide whether you want to spend the rest of your time interacting (it is social media, after all!), or if your time would be better spent moving on to your next task. Even if you do use some of your time to play around on social media, you’ll benefit from the downtime.
- Decide how much time you want to spend on each platform. Unless you have a huge project, 10-15 minutes is usually enough.
- Decide which social media platforms you want to focus on. If you’re struggling with time management, remember that you don’t have to be super active on every single social media channel. Focus on the social media channels you enjoy that give you the best return on investment of time.
- Plan your tasks. Before logging on to social media, write down exactly what you want to accomplish while you’re on each platform. Having a specific game plan will help you stay focused.
- Set a timer. Once you’ve logged on to a social media platform, set a timer for your specified amount of time and get to work.
- Need more time? If you weren’t able to finish everything you’d hope to have accomplished, set your timer again. Give yourself a small extension, but maybe take that time away from another social media channel so you don’t spend all of your work time on social media.
- Schedule time for social media fun. If you have a few free moments during the day, schedule some time for playing around on social media. Chat with friends, like baby pictures, and learn about cool DIY projects. Being a true social media user will help you understand how your readers use each platform.
Do you have any great tips for making the most of the time you spend on social media?
Please share them with us in the comments!