Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, blogging. Are you getting bogged down in managing your social networks? They can become like black holes consuming your precious working hours, sucking away minutes here and minutes there. Before you know it you have spent half your working day tweeting about this and that and checking your Facebook page.
Here are a few tips to keep your sanity.
- Set aside specific time(s) maybe once or twice a day to engage in your social networks. Once your time is up, shut them down and get on with your work. Set a timer if that helps.
- Configure each application so updates are not emailed to you, this can be very distracting.
- Use an application like Hootsuite which allows you to manage multiple social network profiles. You can also monitor particular key words/phrases, and even pre schedule tweets and status updates.
- Relax! Social networking is not about how many followers you have, how often you tweet or how fast you respond. Ask yourself why you take part in social networking, what is your master plan? Stick to that plan.
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