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