Social Networking Time: You Can Like How You Spend It!

Posted on February 7, 2013, under Time and Technology, Time Boundaries.

Social Networking and Time BoundariesSocial networking can be a fun and worthwhile activity OR it can be a major time and energy drain.  Which is it for you?

On Monday we posted a survey, looking to learn more about how Time Finder readers feel about their social networking activity.  If you’re interested, you can still take the survey right here (we’d love to  have your input and questions).

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!

For more tips like these, you can sign up for the Finding Time Success kit by clicking this link, or by entering your name and e-mail address in the form on the sidebar.  Couldn’t be quicker or easier!

And if you’d like to learn more about how you can expand and deepen your time and efforts … in whatever areas you choose, read on! Here’s a great way to explore avenues to increasing your time skills and heart-based power – whether it’s in your business, or your personal life.  I am so pleased to be able to offer my expertise and support as The Official SelfGrowth.com Guide to “Time Management”.

You can visit by clicking the link, and when you do you’ll find lots of time management articles by experts in the field, along with a vibrant and welcoming on-line community. Stop by my Expert Page and leave a comment or question … or just say hello.  There are lots of ways to connect … let’s get started!

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