If you are anything like me, you can quickly get distracted with that dang Squirrel or run down the Rabbit Hole of hell the internet or social media. We have so many devices and ways to be distracted and we.. just…can’t… help.. it! I know, I am with you there. So, thought I could write a quick little reminder to help you keep your focus and out of the rabbit hole and away from that pesky squirrel. Yea, good luck, right? Lol
Tips to keep from going down the rabbit hole
I consider the rabbit hole the internet or social media because one thing leads to another and 15 internet tab windows later, you think, what was I initially doing and how did this get started. Similarly, on social media, if you needed to post something and saw what your friend posted and next thing you know you are scrolling down your timeline to oblivion.
- Post using third part tools! If you are a social media manager or posting for your business, schedule your posts using third party tools like HootSuite, Post Planner, Buffer or whatever you prefer. Facebook has scheduling too, but you’ll have to steer clear of your timeline.
- Schedule your posts. Going online every day or however often you post is not ideal so be sure to select a comfortable amount of time like 3-4 days or a week and schedule for that set amount of time.
- Set times to check in. Obviously we aren’t just posting, you have to see what is going on with your followers so set aside times to check in, like in the morning, lunch and before the end of the day.
- Time your check in. Going to your feed to check in can turn into a rabbit hole/squirrel quickly so set a timer of say 10-15 minutes to remind you of your focus for those check-in times.
So, not only are those check-in timers crucial for your focus, but getting notifications on your phone, your email and your internet browsers are a serious distraction. So, though it would be prudent to share a few of my tips of how I curtail those distractions that I have.
- Turn off your phone notifications. You can turn off your browser notifications but that doesn’t change your phone, tablet or other devices from notifying you, so you have to update all devices and turn off notifications. Think about it, if you are scheduling your posts and planning to check your social media clients or your business social media X number times of days, why do you need those notifications to pop up? You will be checking anyways.
- Turn off email notifications. Same as above, if you plan to check your email 2-3 times a day, why do you need to be reminded of it? If you use Outlook, like I do, you can turn off that little pop up as well as that envelope that tells you… You’ve Got Mail. And, if you are really brave, exit the program completely. (I’m not there yet as I use it for task reminders and such) Further, if you use webmail, you can just close the browser and BOOM, done! Same with your phone, you don’t need to be reminded that you have mail on your phone and your computer, seriously?!
- Notifications per client per channel. If you manage more than one client or business, know that you will have to update those notifications for each business page AND on every social media channel.
Hopefully that can help you stay more focused and kill some of your distraction problems. I still have some of these issues and I am working through them but being part of a group or having a coach or someone who puts your feet to the fire is also helpful. My Time Tips Pro, Jackie Harder, has been instrumental in helping me with my focus and reminding me to take things one at a time. I have the habit of looking at the whole picture, while often that is okay, but when you freak out, a bit, which I do, it’s not good; because, when you have a lot on your plate, adding more stress to that isn’t going to help.
Get your focus back
So, get your focus back, break things up in bite size piece, get help with someone who will put your feet to the fire, turn off unnecessary distractions and take back your life! I’m all for getting extra help and outsourcing when it isn’t something I need to be spending my time on.
Should you have any questions about the group I am in to help with distractions or if I can help with your load in social media management or marketing help, please contact me and we’ll devise a plan!