Facebook: One Of The Best Kept Secrets Of Time Management

“Time management is the best kept secret of the rich.”

That’s what my mentor, Jim Rohn, used to say.

A lot of people make the mistake of saying, “If I had more time…” when the fact of the matter is there is no more time.

24 hours. 1440 minutes. That’s it. No more, no less.

What separates the people that do from the people that don’t is how they invest their time.

Most people never give time a second thought. I know I didn’t.

I can’t count the amount of hours I used to spend just doing nothing…sigh, the mistakes we make when we are young.

Thankfully, I was set straight before it was too late and now I do everything I can in my power to share ideas that make a difference in people’s lives.

Language study secrets, management tips, marketing ideas, investing, time management and even shopping advice for people’s next camera or computer.

I know that there are three things we must invest wisely:

  1. Money (naturally)
  2. Time
  3. Effort

Unfortunately a great deal of people fail to ever learn how to invest these wisely and pay the price later on.

I could spend hours talking about monetary history, but today I’m here to talk about time management; a critical component of success which is why an entire chapter was devoted to it in my book, iSucceed.

Now a lot of people will disagree with me when I say that Facebook will save you time. Most people would say that it eats up your time.

The truth is Facebook can do either.

It’s really up to you.

For most people, I agree with the latter statement. With games, friends posts and all sorts of options, it’s easy to spend hours there without getting anything done.

However, that’s not how I use it.

I use it as a tool to reduce my workload by leveraging its incredible power.

Here’s a few ways I use FB to save me time.

  • Sharing pics with your friends
  • Information gathering tool
  • Saves me reading the news.
  • Networking (on speed)

Let me explain. First off, sharing pictures on Facebook saves me attaching them individually in emails to my friends. I post them, they check them. Having my friends in my newsfeed allows me to share in my friends’ achievements, see their adventures and offer advice in their times of need.

It really is true, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Now for those of you concerned about privacy and not wanting to share pictures with the public, that’s easy. You can create groups with who to share what.

I do recommend creating a group just for family and friends for those special moments.

Tracking down information is a cinch – just join fanpages sharing information that you’re interested. Follow people you know have the information you’re looking for. Let them do the work for you and share the best of what they find.

There’s also no need to read Yahoo News! I remember hearing about the bombing in Norway via FB because a friend was just a few hundred feet away from the blast.

Remember, if it’s newsworthy, it’ll pop up sooner or later on yr newsfeed. Someone will say something about the big events going on in the world. Count on it.

Let your friends become your news filter.

Then there’s networking. This is what social media is all about.

Now it’s easier than ever to reach out and touch people (no literally). The concept of 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon (a game people used to play for fun linking famous actors and actresses through Kevin Bacon) has been replaced today with 2 Degrees of FB.

It’s simply amazing how easy it is to get in touch with stars in every profession. Email is so yesterday, today it’s all about FB.

I must admit that when I heard Mark Zuckerberg declare email was “dead,” I laughed.

The notion was so absurd to me at the time because email was such a big part of my life and the lifeblood of any business. Today I see things quite differently.

I must admit that I do most of my communication through FB.

My emails have dropped by more than half.

FB messaging is short and sweet.

In the end, Facebook is merely a tool. It can be your best kept secret or your most addictive habit. That, I leave up to you.

Adrian Shepherd

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