co Stay Productive In A Web 2.0 World |

With all this Web 2.0 going on, you may find yourself captivated by some of the social networks people are on. Social sites like Facebook and Twitter can be addicting and you could lose many unproductive hours just playing around and not getting any work done. That would be bad for business. So how do you manage?

The No. 1 reason people waste time on social sites is a lack of discipline. They simply go in and look at this then that then, oh, what is this? Before you know it, two hours have passed and you’ve got no work done. The solution: Get disciplined!

I know, it’s easier said than done, but you can do it. The best way to discipline yourself so that you don’t spend too much time Facebooking or Twittering is to set aside a time during the day when you manage your social networks. It can be first thing in the morning, last thing at night before you go to bed, or you can split it up into two sessions a day. The specifics doesn’t matter as long as it is manageable time.

Set your time for managing social networks to one hour a day – two hours if you have a lot to manage. But don’t go over that. During your specified time – try to do it at the same time every day – only focus on activities that are absolutely essential for that day. Maybe one day you’ll do nothing but manage friend requests. The next day you might set up a viral marketing campaign. If you decide on your tasks the next day and force yourself only to deal with that task then you won’t waste hours of your time chasing thrills and rabbit trails.

Instead of wasting your time playing on the social networks, use your time wisely by disciplining yourself to spend a pre-allotted time to manage predetermined tasks on your social networks. Then get back to work.