5 Tips for Saving Time in the Social Networking Age

In today’s social networking age, everything is immediate. Users like you and me do not consider it an option to save time by doing less. We all have different needs and they all must be met.

Picture this: You’re a busy entrepreneur–take Elon Musk, for instance. Full plate doesn’t even begin to describe your nonstop schedule, and on top of that, you have a profile on every forum that exists.

You get so many notifications per hour, your head starts to spin–text messages, LinkedIn notifications, tweets, emails, pokes, Instagram direct messages, friend requests and more, which will in total, take you half a day to acknowledge.

It’s not even lunchtime, and you are already exhausted.

Socializing in 2016 now comes with more options than ever before, and while each tool invented is helpful and has distinctive features, it’s not always easy to manage time effectively, but imperative to be productive with each minute, even if you’re not Elon Musk.

I, too, have a crazy schedule and receive nonstop social alerts each day. As I read down the notification list on my iPhone 6S, I no longer open each and every notification to further read the content unless it’s meaningful to me. This social filtering made me realize how much time I would have actually wasted if I didn’t utilize all of these tools.

At this point, I started to think of delving into the not-so-time-saving sides of social networking and decided to provide a simple but comprehensive list of ways to help the busy socialites have some time off their hectic schedules.

Of the five tips I am going to share, some are clever tweaks of what we face every now and then, while others are blatant facts and might appear to be quite obvious after you read them.

Focus on what really matters

Our socializing instincts take over almost instantaneously on social networks. While you may have set objectives for the day, socializing can derail you from your objectives.

Social networking is a melting pot of data from all over the globe that can easily distract you. Each and every social network has its own benefits. However, it is common that all of them are equally addictive and time-consuming. We often lose the most productive hours of day being caught up in activities of lesser priority.

The simplest of activities is browsing your News Feed. Scrolling through takes you through an endless compilation of events of little or no value to your actual task, only to realize that you have spent an overwhelming amount of time on it.

You should train your mind to focus and complete your objectives without getting lost in the two zettabytes of data available worldwide. There are three key facts you should consider if you want to gain more focus at your work.

Concentrate: Our mind indeed travels faster than light, and concentration is the key mechanism to take control of the elusive velocity. To achieve concentration, we need to first figure out what causes us to lose concentration and the fixes to overcome them. Experts claim that psychological issues like depression, anger, anxiety and more can result in loss of concentration. Hence it is necessary to have a healthy mindset from the very beginning of the day so that you can start fresh. Moving on, there are possibilities that situations will arise where you might feel the stress at the back of your mind, but you should keep yourself from being carried away and tame the anxiety within yourself. Another helpful tip is to break each task into a set of smaller, more manageable action items, so that you can deal with them one by one. Each will require less time and, as a result, you will be able to concentrate more, even if you have a short attention span.

Get rid of distractions: Whenever you feel you are being dragged away into something meaningless, refrain from doing it. It is not mandatory to be readily available for replying to emails or answering phone calls. You can phase off such distracting elements if you limit your News Feed time and keep your phone silent while accomplishing an important task.

Set objectives within fixed time frames: This is fun. Set achievable goals that you can accomplish with convenience, and you will feel victorious once done. Setting specific goals and binding them with time frames keeps you focused more rather than giving a full throttle to your activity without any fixed interval. If you are a gamer at heart, then you are going to love this, as it turns your boring tasks into fun activities through its gamification pattern and drives your focus with more attentive engagement.

Organize your activities smarter

Organizing is about having a home for all of your things and compartmentalizing everything so that you know where to go when you need something. This holds true for the social networking age, as well. If you are overloaded with devices and accounts all around and you are spending time monitoring each of them once in a while, you are only wasting your time.

While moving fast in the social networking age is a necessity, improper organization can actually slow you down. A few smart but simple tricks can help you gain the momentum while keeping you well-organized.

Prioritize your tasks: Prioritizing your movements will allow you to recognize the importance of one activity compared to another. When you recognize the importance of an activity, you are psychologically more prepared to get it done with immediate effect. This helps to get what matters done on time without being caught up wasting time in less important tasks. Plan is a handy organizer that integrates with your calendar and lets you set a due date for a task and schedule time and manage everything you have to do and everywhere you have to be.

Schedule and sort your tasks: Once you have set the hierarchy of your to-dos, you can further optimize your time saving motto by scheduling and sorting. Instead of manually doing each and every chore on your social media schedule, you can make the most of technology to help you out. Free scheduling service is provided by renowned names like Buffer, SocialOomph and Hootsuite, enabling you to take control of your social networking activities without time constraints. While some of them are network-specific, others allow you to schedule multiple social updates at once.

  • Buffer: Lets you make the most from your posts by sharing your content throughout the day, preferably during the peak hours when your audience is engaging to ensure maximum exposure. There is a “forever free” option. However, with a monthly fee of $10, you can manage up to 10 profiles per platform across the leading social networks like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest.
  •  SocialOomph: A favorite of socialites who are on Twitter more than any other social media, SocialOomph comes with great automation choices such as post scheduling and uploading content. You can also connect multiple Twitter accounts, send tweets through email and configure short URLs. The Twitter Unlimited feature is also only $6.97.
  • Hootsuite: The $8.99 monthly bill sets it apart from the rest, as it lets you “do more with social media.” In addition to multiple social profiles and message scheduling, Hootsuite gives you access to premium apps and analytics reports.

Make the most of specialized social networks

Social networks are no longer limited to just the socializing aspect. Much has changed over the years, and there are an increasing number of platforms available to meet the various needs of users. While the latest news and events are available across multiple platforms, many people utilize the various networks for their intended purposes.