Interruptions come at us from all directions, especially for those of us who work from home. But even when we shut ourselves off from the world there are still distractions and they come from our own worst enemy – ourselves!
Internal distractions come in many and varied forms. It seems that we are endlessly creative when it comes to finding something- anything- to keep us from working!
Today, I just want to address one of these guilty pleasures – social media!!
Yes, social media is a fantastic opportunity to connect with your audience.
Yes, it is a great way of keeping in touch with the mood of your customer base.
Yes, it allows you to keep connected in a way that was not previously available.
Yes, it can be fun.
Yes, it can be addictive.
No, staking vampires and throwing sheep will not further your business.
No, you do not need to respond to every cute picture or comment.
No, you do not need to spend every moment of every day logged on in case you miss something.
First of all if you are involved in social media it has to be for a purpose. You need to set clear goals and strategies to achieve what you want from it, as well as measures to make sure the time you are investing is actually paying off. A friend of mine Jen Vodenbrink of Life Simplified http://yourlifesimplified.com/business/ is an expert in this field, so if you are not clear about that you should go talk to her.
Second, once you have established your plan of action, you should stick to it. Be clear when you are going to connect via social media – there will be good and bad times depending on your customer market. For instance if you want to reach at home business owners, the day time may be a good time; if you want to reach working mothers then evenings or weekends might be better. You know your market – when do they like to come out to play? Plan that time into your schedule and sick to it.
Next, close down the applications while you are doing other things. There is nothing worse than a little bell ringing or a pop up appearing on your screen every time there is an update. You are always going to assume it is more interesting that what you are doing right now, and chances are even if it is more interesting, it is not more important. But each time that little reminder pops up you are losing valuable time. Not just the few seconds it takes to check it out, but the time it takes to get back into the flow of what you were doing. So do yourself a favor – trun them off, close then down. I even had one client who couldn’t figure out how to close down the notification for email, so she simply put a post it note over theat corner of her screen!
Finally, if you want do want to use social media for pure socialising or playing games, do that when you are out with your core working hours – off shift as it were. And don’t forget to stake a few vampires for me!
If you are struggling to control your time and get the results you know you are capable of then it is time to take action. The Focused Time Management System TM avoids all the clutter and gives you the most important things to focus on to get you back in control of your time and your life. It’s all step by step, not a big mish mash of things. So you do step one of the system, and when you’re done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy! All the tips, tools, and worksheets are handed to you on a silver platter. E mail me at Julie@DevelopmentSolutions.US to arrange a time to chat over your issues and see if I can help