Increase Productivity – Turn off The Social Apps

Social media is a time thief

Increase Productivity – Turn off The Social AppsSocial Apps are very popular these days mainly because people see them not only as a way of keeping in touch but they’re also perceived as fun, cool and trendy. Lets face it who hasn’t got a Facebook and/or Twitter account. The problem is that for all there usefulness, they are starting to take over our lives and do very little to increase productivity.

Many people who say they struggle to find enough hours in the day, can usually find time to spend on social media, but is that really a high value use of your time?

Here are a few social media apps that get in the way of productivity:

  1. Twitter. Do you really need to know what favorite celebrity is up to? I know it may not seem as interesting, but focus on your own life! Is it really worth going into your account to discover that your best friend is now shopping for a new dress? Surely there is something more productive you could and perhaps should be doing.
  2. Limit Facebook. So you have over 500 friends on Facebook, do you really? I suppose it depends on how you quantify friends. Facebook can be a great way to keep in touch but do you really need to be watching all those cute cat videos, or pictures of someone you have never met in person drinking Pina Coladas on the beach in Hawaii? Like Twitter it can also be a great way to promote your business and provide information to your readers, but lets face it 70% of what we see is rubbish. You have a great life to live, spend your time living it. Again, set some limits and strive to stay within them in order to increase your productivity.
  3. Messaging Apps. Messenger Apps come in all shapes and sizes but they all have one thing in common. The make it very easy for people to interrupt what you’re doing and destroy your productivity. A message comes in on your phone and you quickly answer it and before you know it, you have been talking via messenger for 30+ minutes. In many instances it would be a better use of your time just to ring them up, the conversation will most likely be shorter and far more productive. Log into messenger apps as a reward for doing a particular task or when you know that you have completed all your priority action for the day.
  4. Turn off Email notifications. Email is a great tool for enhancing productivity, it helps with the quick and easy transfer of information and communication, but it has to be used properly. If not it can very easily become one of your biggest time stealers. Many successful people only check their email once or twice a day. Some only check it a couple of times a week and not because they have others to do it for them, but because they have other priorities to concentrate on and in a number of instances so do you. Get into the habit of checking emails at specific times during the day, you will be surprised at how much time you free up and how much your productivity improves.
  5. Prioritize your reading Blogs. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading blogs, there are many that are interesting and informative. I learn a lot about subject areas that I would never have thought about. But you have to limit the time you spend on them, maybe give yourself a limit to the amount of blogs you read or the time you spend doing so. Prioritize the ones you want to read on a regular basis.
  6. Social bookmarking sites. Bookmarking sites like Reddit, Digg and Scoop-it, are great resources for finding articles, blogs, and other resources related to your interests, but if you’re not careful you can quickly get overwhelmed with thousands of interesting articles being delivered to you careful.

Online Social media and bookmarking apps can be great time savers, but you have to use them wisely or they will steal your time and destroy your productivity. Life is short to let that happen! Focus on what you need to get done each day, and then fill in the gaps around those things.

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Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor



Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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14 thoughts on “Increase Productivity – Turn off The Social Apps

  1. Facebook is a big timesuck for me, Mike. I’m learning to keep it off when blogging. I schedule time for tweeting and have no messaging apps. My weakness is getting caught up with stories and googling them until I have every detail!
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  2. Brilliant and timely reminder, I have become a bit OCD about checking my phone, and if the email reminders are there I kinda have to check them.
    When I was teaching and could only check my phone twice a day it became much more controllable. I have also started to remove status updates from friends that post time wasting things!
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  3. Great reminder. I used to check my emails every 15 minutes (i know crazy) i now have them turned off and check at 6am and 9 pm and it has saved me a bunch of time. I had an app on my phone which would ping me everytime i got an email so as you can imagine i was always looking yet very few were ever urgent.

    • Hi Kevin, glad you found it useful, its not just the time it takes to look at and answer emails it’s the amount of time it takes to refocus afterwards.

  4. Thanks for a great reminder, Mike. I’m on day 8 of Sarah Arrow’s blogging challenge which, bizarrely, is all about promoting posts on social media so between the two of you I’m hoping to work out how to work smarter and spend more time with my family. Thanks for the advice.