Lately there has been lots of buzz about Social Media Fatigue. With the introduction of Google+ to an already saturated world of social networks, some feel overwhelmed by it all. Chris Brogan says “you’re doing it wrong” if you claim to be tired of social media.
My recent post about our response to information points out the reality that we are constantly inundated with stimuli. Social networks continuously update with streams of new content, fueling the need to practice time management skills regularly. The social media landscape requires that you be intentional in defining your priorities, being aware of your goals and what it takes to get there so that you won’t get sidetracked and deviate from your main objectives.
Time Management skills cannot be overestimated. I recently attended the funeral of a childhood friend’s father and was moved at what my friend had to say about his dad in his funeral oration. He said that from the time he was very young, he remembered his dad emphatically stressing the importance of time management. He never really understood why his dad always honed in on time management skills, until the morning of his dad’s funeral; that’s when the picture got crystal clear.
You see, his dad was a small business entrepreneur and from the time my friend was a small boy, his dad burned the candle at both ends. My friend had fond memories of his dad always being at his soccer games and school activities…he felt that his dad was always there, yet his dad traveled extensively for business, sometimes 4 or 5 days out of the week. His dad placed such priority on his family that although business kept his plate full, he always made sure there was ample room in his schedule for those that mattered most, his family.
In this short span of life we’ve been given, there are many priorities that we need to weigh, so in the interest of making the most of the time we’re given, let’s be intentional about how we’re using our time; after all, time is the one thing you can never get back.
Here are just a few recent examples in my own life of how I’m trying to squeeze more time out of my 24-hour day:
I switched pediatricians so that I could avoid the aggravation of wait times to be seen with a sick child.
After an entire lifetime of an almost half-an-hour commute to church, we’ve chosen to visit a church right down the street.
Though it was a heart-wrenching decision for me, I transitioned my child to a new preschool to reduce commute time.
I often forgo shopping at my preferred grocery store because it’s about 4 miles further down the road than the one right near my house.
Wow. Switching pediatricians, church, preschool and shopping venues—all only to gain just a few minutes of time. Margie Clayman’s post gives some insight into ways to juggle work life and everything in-between and suggests allocating your efforts in units of time.
It goes without saying that there are plenty of things that will beckon for your attention. To feel good about spending time on something, it must prove to be worthwhile.
Analyze how you spend most of your time in a day with the old Dr. Phil question “How’s that working for you?” I’d love to hear what you come up with.
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