Social networks like Facebook and Twitter can be a huge time suck. To reduce the amount of time you lose reading about other people's lives, decide on a purpose before logging in.
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There are lots of people that only hop on social networks when they don't have anything else to do, but there are also plenty of us that get caught wasting time when we shouldn't be. You're probably better off not checking social networks at all when you have tasks to complete, but if you have to, Trevor Dobrygoski at MakeUseOf suggests you ask yourself a question first: "What's my game plan?" Essentially, what is your purpose or goal?
Maybe you need to wish someone a happy birthday, or maybe you have to RSVP to a party. Whatever it may be, decide on it beforehand and then focus on doing only what you planned to. It works the same way as creating a shopping list. If you walk into a store without a game plan, you'll be in there much longer and leave with goods you probably don't need. If you log into a social network without a game plan, you'll be in there much longer and leave with a lot of knowledge you probably don't need.
It's best to stop wasting your productive times on social networks entirely, but if you must do it, at least find a way to get in and get out fast.
Is Social Media Sucking Your Time? [MakeUseOf]