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When you own your own business, time is precious. Many of us struggle to accomplish everything we need to do in just one day. However, we may frequently find we’re wasting time, especially when it comes to e-mail and Facebook.


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So, how can we avoid wasting time and still get the important work completed?

  • Check your e-mail and Facebook only one or two times a day, and at specific times. Many people check them in the morning and the evening. If that does not work for you, make checking them a reward for getting a difficult project done.
  • If you find yourself losing huge chunks of time while checking e-mails and Facebook, set a timer. When the timer goes off, you must stop, no matter what. This will help you from wasting an hour or two, when you only want to spend a few minutes taking a break.
  • If you use e-mail and Facebook for business, have a separate account for that purpose. Be sure that when you are on for business, you are in a business mindset. You are on the computer to communicate with clients and build relationships for business. You are not on Facebook for pleasure. You should still set a timer so you do not waste big chunks of your day on Facebook and e-mails.
  • If you use e-mail and Facebook for business, know what you need to do each day. Make sure that you do it. Many people and small businesses hire a social media manager so that they do not spend all day focusing on social media marketing. This saves them a lot of time because they will not be spending time commenting and posting on Facebook when they need to be focusing on work projects.

E-mail and Facebook can be complete time wasters though many people enjoy taking breaks and catching up with friends. Many people also try to use them for business, allowing them to make excuses for spending hours in front of the computer communicating with friends. With a few guidelines, like using a timer so that you don’t waste a whole afternoon that you needed to be doing something else, you can still have a successful business and spend some time using e-mails and Facebook.

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