Today’s post is something that I think is needed. Why? Because if you’re anything like me, you have a love/hate relationship with social media and what it offers each of us. The fact is that, within my own space, I have to be active on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media forums. For what I do, it’s more about maintaining the conversation than merely spouting stuff out at people. Regardless, though, it’s easy to get caught up in the nonsense.

The best approach to keeping this on a short leash is to limit or even go so far as to schedule the time you allow for yourself to be active on Twitter and Facebook. Why? Because if you’re not careful, you can end up spending HOURS talking to anyone who will listen about things that may not be as important as you might like to think they are.

Here are my top tips and suggestions in this area:

How To Maintain Control Over Social Media
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1) Post to social media only when you have something significant to share or are answering a question. Obviously there are going to be times when you want to share something random or zany, but keeping these to a minimum will help you use your time more effectively.

2) Only allow yourself to post to social media sites at certain times of day. Ah, now this is a hard one if you enjoy posting a lot throughout your day. It’s going to take setting yourself to a schedule to make this work out at all.

3) Respond only if you both have some free time and/or are finding that it will behoove your social media end goal to bother in the first place. I guess this is a fancy way of saying not to waste your time dealing with trolls looking to complain about nothing of importance.

So there you have it. Taking control over your time when using social media isn’t rocket science. But it will require some self-discipline.