Managing your social media so that you get results takes a great deal of time.

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But, there are many distractions that whittle away precious time on activities that produce zero results.

Here are the biggest time wasters on social media and how you can avoid them.

Long Content

Long and involved content wastes your time for two reasons. First, it takes you a long time to read or watch it. Just think of an hour-long documentary you’re thinking of sharing with your audience. Not a great use of your time.

But the other problem with long-form content is that it doesn’t perform as well on social media generally speaking. People prefer small, “bite-sized” content instead.

One way to avoid getting sucked into long content is to set a specific guideline for maximum length, and then evaluate each piece of content you might share.

Unfocussed Content

For each piece of content you create or share, ask yourself what particular use it is for your audience. Many businesses simply share things they find interesting or amusing, and this is fine as long as your audience thinks so too. But a better approach is to start by asking yourself, “How can my audience use this?”

Checking Randomly

Many of us check our social media profiles throughout the day when we have down time. This is fine for personal use, but you want your business social media time to be more focused. After all, you want to get things done and the more efficiently the better.

This is why it’s best to create specific social media times throughout your day. Set aside this time and create a routine for what you do during this time to make the most of it. When you’re checking social media throughout the day, however, you can save things to share later or save ideas that you like.

Failing to Use Features

Finally, you could be wasting a great deal of time by failing to use the features that social media platforms offer for controlling your feed. If you’re using the same profile for personal and business, you’ll be seeing posts from old high school friends alongside the content of influencers in your niche. Try segmenting your news feed into business-related and personal.

A good way to discover your own personal time wasters is to log your social media time. Write down the times and what you’re doing during those times. By tracking, it’s easy to see where you’re wasting time.

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Torie Mathis | Learn Digital Marketing - imageTorie Mathis helps entrepreneurs grow their business with Smart Marketing.  She is a best-selling author, Army veteran, international speaker + trainer, and the CEO + Creative Director at Lake Shark Media. She also teaches entrepreneurs how to get smart with digital marketing at toriemathis.com

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