Monday, May 21, 2012

Trying to limit Facebook and Twitter time

There have been lots of articles on Facebook since they went public, and there have been a few about people who deliberately refuse to get or re-up their Facebook profiles, for various reasons. Some of them don’t want to do it because it ended up sucking too much of their time.

I don’t think I could NOT be on Facebook or Twitter, but the articles have been making me more aware of how much time I’m on social media. I need to be a good steward of my time.

The other day, I spent half a hour just browsing around on Facebook. While that’s not necessarily bad, if I’m on Facebook when I should be working, that’s wasting the gift of writing full-time that God has given to me.

So I’m trying to be more conscious of my Facebook and Twitter time and trying to limit it to once or twice a day. Let’s see if I can do it!


  1. I've found that the most time-efficient way to interact with Facebook is put my friends and pages into lists. I have a Reading Rainbow list for my authors friends, a list for local news, Christian news, my Bible Study friends, my family, etc. Then I can click on those lists and find out what's happening with those most important to me without falling down the rabbit hole and being late for the party. Now reading, that has made me late for work at the library before. :-) I'm overwhelmed by the sheer volume of sheets and rarely read my Twitter feed. I think I need to unfollow some folks.
    I also did away with the data plan on my phone so I don't get updates on the go unless I intentionally turn on Wi-Fi.

  2. Yes, I've been utilizing lists, too! But there's still so many updates to scroll through that I really have to limit my time these days.

  3. Hi Camy,

    Without some major discipline, the internet can be a big distraction for authors in their writing process.

    Good luck with your process!

  4. I've cut way back on Twitter. I feel that I'm wasting time on Facebook. I try to keep up with writers and their projects there though. I had played games but that is going to fade away. ;)

    1. I loved playing games, too, but I realized I spend too much time doing that! Ugh!