How To Find Time For Social Media

hair-out-714605Please read the original post, published on The Wax Blog on May 21st, 2010

We want to be able to “do it all”, but let’s face it – we don’t have time. You probably don’t even have time to read this blog post, right? Staying up to date on all the new advances in online marketing is a full-time job in itself. Below I’m listing my top 5 ways to manage my workload.

How do YOU stay organized enough to read all the blogs, tweet to all the influencers and still try to make a name for yourself and your business online? And how do you do all this without pulling out your hair and running and screaming through your neighborhood? Share your time and work management tips in the comments section and let’s get a good list going.

For starters, here are 5 quick ways to stay organized and manage your day-to-day online marketing tactics.

1. Get Organized

When there is so much information flying at you from every direction, it’s easy to fall into the dark, disorganized abyss. Make sure that your desk, your computer desktop, your office, your car and everywhere else you work is as organized as possible. Once everything you access is straightened up and neat, you’ll be able to work more efficiently.

2. Create A Routine

Sometimes the best way to get stuff done is to plan it out. By creating a routine of when you read, communicate, network and write, you’ll fall into a productive routine which will help you get more work done in an efficient manner.

3. Take Marketing wIth You

With the huge advancements in mobile technology and thousands of useful applications for your Smart Phone, it’s easy to stay connect everywhere you go. If your marketing includes any sort of social media aspect, install those applications on your iPhone, BlackBerry or Android phone and continue to market and network with others from anywhere.

4. Schedule Your Efforts

When you’re creating online content with blog software or by using Twitter in your marketing efforts, you are able to schedule posts to be published in the future. This way, you don’t need to be a slave to your computer all hours of the day, and you can write a handful of blog posts in one day and schedule them evenly throughout the month to even out your frequency.

5. Work With Others

Want to spread out your efforts? Go ahead and rally the troops to help you out with your marketing. Know a great designer? Do a trade out for help with a web design project. Have opinionated friends? Give them space to post on your blog. Combine efforts with others for a more effective marketing mix overall.

I’ve also found a couple additional time management articles for you. They can be considered “oldies but goodies” as their ideas still hold true and can help you effectively manage your marketing efforts. Lifehacker Time Management for Creative People andPenelope Trunk both have some great ideas and tips.

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