Making Sure Your Social Media World Doesn’t Overtake Your Real One

If you have hand any exposure to the online world, including social media, you know how addicting and time consuming it can be.  There certainly is a time and place for browsing social media sites – after all chances are you’ve gotten a fair number of your contacts and clients through this ever-reaching network of status updates, friend requests, and online gaming.  However, if you’re anything like millions of people worldwide, the social media world often encroaches on your everyday life a little more than you would like.  Here are some great and super easy tips to help you make sure that the social media world isn’t taking over your life.

Tip #1:  Give into Temptation… at least a little bit

One of the main reasons why people are so apt to visit social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter is because they offer so much in the way of entertaining information.  There are friends to check up on, news events to relish over, and of course telling the world what is going on with you at the given moment.  In truth, there is really nothing wrong with doing any of these things.  The problem arises when a person spends too much time doing these things.  So, one trick is to allow you a set amount of time each day to handle social media stuff.  Decide on a scheduled time, say between 4:00 and 5:00pm each day where you do nothing else but surf the social media sites.  Spend the time reading a favorite blog, or playing a game on Facebook.  Or perhaps you can use this time to comment on the various status updates of your friend or coworkers.  The choice is up to you.  The trick is of course, once you spend that hour, that’s all you can do for that day.  Treat it as a business appointment, and one that you shouldn’t miss.

Tip # 2:  Don’t be Afraid to Skim and Save for Later

One of the great things about the World Wide Web is that what your network puts online today will probably be their tomorrow.  So if you see something that is intriguing today, make use of your Internet’s bookmark feature and save it for your next scheduled session.  Also, since web content developers realize that their material isn’t studied carefully by many, they often design their article to highlight the important points.  Often they are highlighted in the subheadings, or the first or last sentences of a paragraph.  If you know that, you’ll be able to skim through the article and get the essential parts for your use right then.

Tip # 3:  Utilize Social Media Tools

Believe it or not, all those different widgets, RSS feeds, and apps floating around cyberspace do serve a purpose besides providing a way for computer nerds to have a bit of fun.  In some cases, they can be a wonderful way to save time when you’re dealing with social media and the networking options it can provide.  Applications such as Tweet Deck, Threadsy, and Digsby are great tools to pull all the various threads of information and internet social contacts into one place, making it easier to quickly respond if needed.  Imagine going to one place to get your social media fix each day.  It’s a great way to save your precious time for other, more pressing, or more enjoyable things.

Tip# 4:  Set Up a Blog Feed

If you run an online business, you’ve probably found out how important it is to stay in contact with your network and clients.  The whole purpose of using social media for business is to make sure that what you do, and what you offer stays on the minds of the people you want to do business with.   One of the easiest and most effective ways to get the word out about your business is to contribute to a regular blog.  The problem of course is how to make sure the people see it.   Thankfully, if you have a Facebook Fan page, or a twitter account, there are widgets available that will notify your clients of new blogs, or post comments on your social media accounts advertising the fact that you have a new edition to the blogosphere.  It certainly saves a lot of time in your day if you are able to click a few buttons and have your blog distributed anywhere you want.

Tip # 5:  Let Others Share Your Expertise for You

As an online business owner, you know that a good chunk of your time is spent spreading the message about how good and beneficial to others your business is.  It can truly be exhausting work.  Why not delegate that work load to others who are already eager to do it?   It’s a fairly easy process to add a sharing button to your website and blog, making it super easy for the readers of your website to share it with their friends and family.   With a share button, and great content, you shouldn’t be surprised if your marketing plan reaches more people than you think.
These are just a few tips that can aid you in your attempts to balance your life and the social media world that has become a part of it.  Remember, your time is precious, whether it is spent laughing with your family, browsing through status updates, or making the evening meal.  Make sure you spend it to the best advantage of your life.