Work-Life Balance: Fitting Social Media In

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Posted by The Editors on September 26, 2011
Work-Life Balance: Fitting Social Media In

In a coworker’s previous blog post, Accept or Reject: Friending Coworkers on Facebook, she mentions that she spends roughly two minutes every other day using Facebook at work. With social media now such a dominant force in brand promotion, I figure her two minutes is nothing compared to people with positions like community manager or social media extraordinaire. 

And yet, even without a title like professional Facebooker, employees stretch the bounds of appropriate time spent on social media sites.

Speaking from experience, it’s a little difficult to manage time between work and play, especially when caught up in a riveting game of Words With Friends or planning how to cook the perfect vegan dinner. It’s just that the Internet—and many distractions that come with it—is just so darn accessible. So here are four tips to resist the urge and prevent Facebook from cutting into the time you spend at work on, well, work.

Set a Time
Lunch break is the most appropriate time to check your personal accounts, but if you prefer to scan Facebook in the morning, make a habit of doing so before you leave the house or right when you sit down at your desk. 

Decide What Can Wait
If you’re waiting to hear back from an important connection on LinkedIn, then by all means, check your inbox at the office. However, that yummy Triple Chunk Fudge Brownie recipe you’ve been meaning to look up can probably wait until the workday ends.

Make Lists
This is how I stay productive. Making a to-do list of my top priorities helps me stay motivated to complete the big tasks before I move on to anything else. Know what tasks are most important for you to finish, then write them down and put them in a highly visible spot as a constant reminder of all you need to accomplish. Once you get through your list, reward yourself with a little “me” time.

Just Say “No”
It’s all about self-control. Just like that cookie you know you shouldn’t eat because it won’t help your diet. If you know surfing the web during work hours is only going to lead to major procrastination, it’s best to avoid certain sites (Facebook) all together.

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