Is Online Socializing Interfering with Making Money Time?

I often read complaints by bloggers about spending too much time on
Facebook when they should be working and making money!

 

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I don’t use Facebook but I’m sure I waste time in other ways, like visiting Gmail several times a day and following some emails to interesting articles or posts.

I do sign up to some very interesting sites!

Signing on to Facebook and Twitter a  few times a day besides your email
client may not seem like such a huge waste of time and you might think of it as normal online behavior, but I read somewhere that the real costs are huge!

Why? Because each visit interrupts your concentration and breaks your momentum in the project you’re working on.  It might take you an additional ten minutes or so to get ‘back in the groove’! Could that be interfering with our goal of making money?

Depending on what you see on Facebook -  a cool link or video … or perhaps a slightly political comment on a friend’s wall that you want to discuss might sidetrack you and make you spend an additional few minutes.

How can you cut down on this productivity loss? Assuming of course that this is something that is bothering you to the point of wanting to correct it.

Could you just check your email once at the beginning of your work day and once at the end and still address all the important emails in a reasonable time frame?

I read that, even with 1,000 friends, you can easily view all the posts that were posted in a day in about twenty minutes – checking Facebook just once a day? Would you agree with that?

If the interruptions feel like an addiction as it does for many, consider getting a site blocker for a short period of time … a couple of weeks maybe?

It can help you get in the habit. Set up the site blocker so Facebook.com, Gmail.com, Twitter.com, etc. aren’t accessible during work hours. That way you wouldn’t even be tempted to access those sites!

Also consider trying a productivity monitoring system. These are systems that will actually watch how much time you spend on email, on work and on sites like Facebook and report it to you at the end of the day. You’ll probably be shocked at how much time social networking really takes when you see the numbers.

Now that I’ve raised some concerns about how much online social networking can really be costing in terms of productivity I wish I had some information about productivity mentoring systems to share with you! I’ll check that out today and report back.

It might be valuable to find out just how much real money could be added to our bottom line over a few months time!

What do you think?

 

 

 

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Fran Civile

is a freelance writer and internet marketer providing information and resources to help apprentice internet marketers succeed with a minimum of wasted time or money. She has been marketing,writing and blogging for about 15 years of work at home business. Seattle WA United States 

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  5 comments for “Is Online Socializing Interfering with Making Money Time?

  1. 04/08/2013 at 19:13

    One sure way that I know I’m wasting time going off on tangents is when I suddenly realize that I have about 10 tabs open in internet explorer because I don’t want to lose track of where I was working on something important!

    I do tend to get a lot of important emails each day, but a large portion of them are important.

    One thing that I’ve done to try and keep me on track is to use the Google calendar to plan out my time and I have it linked to my smart phone as a reminder if I’m off refilling my water bottle.

    I do use facebook. I use it to keep my family informed and to keep up with the family. There is no substitute for spending actual time with the family, but having a heads up via facebook makes it seem like I’m more in touch with my family.

    jeffld

  2. 04/22/2013 at 16:15

    Jeff,
    I have been very involved with some family matters myself and I apologize for the delay to responding to your comment!

    I do the same thing about the open tabs as I read my email because I try to keep subscribed only to the ones that provide some value, but I periodically go through an unsubscribe tour when I realize that I tend to get interested in a lot of matters that are not really helping me to build an income!

    Like you say facebook is convenient to keep in touch with what’s going on in the family. Oh my, in the past we spent a lot of time just to get in touch with people whereas now we have trouble controlling the number of people we touch!

    Drop again Jeff,

    Fran

  3. 06/17/2013 at 05:27

    This is the leading edge of a sizzling tech trend: the emergence of a new category of social-media systems designed expressly to boost workplace productivity. IBM , Oracle, SAP and Salesforce.com — and a raft of start-ups, such as Doximity — are developing and promoting these new social-media systems for the workplace. Given big corporations’ resistance to change, the proving ground for social-media work tools has been unfolding mostly among small and midsize businesses, so-called SMBs, those with five to 5,000 employees.
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  4. 06/25/2013 at 23:19

    so it hurts Wall Street execs. “The US Economy” is a little too glib these days, and since workers (a la “Main Street”) are being seen as the source of “productivity loss”, there are few conclusions one can fathom. If companies allow social-engineering websites, they shouldn’t then whine if people are spending a few minutes to spout inane rubbish about their personal lives.Still, give out merit pay and I bet any “lazy” worker will be happy to do more. Treat ‘em like slaves and don’t be surprised if they’ve “had had enough” over having to do more for less time and time again.
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    • 06/26/2013 at 04:16

      Joan
      Your comment seems to relate to workers loosing productive corporate time and I agree that there is much wrong with the inequality of income in our society these past years!

      I was thinking about independent workers trying to make an income from home as I do and the importance of
      managing our time.

      Fran

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