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We are all guilty.

We are going driving down the road and we get on Facebook.  We are at the dinner table and we post a tweet.  We get up in the morning and we check our email.  As a matter of fact, you are probably reading this article because you linked it from a social outlet.  We are social creatures and are therefore naturally interested in what is going on in the lives of others (that is a nice way of saying we are nosy).

There is nothing inherently wrong with being plugged in; there is nothing wrong with staying connected with friends and family.  In many ways these social outlets have reconnected me with people I probably would have never seen again; it has afforded me the opportunity as a pastor to reach thousands of people with daily, encouraging words.  Personally, I think these outlets can be great tools for ministry, communication, and organization.  Here is the problem…..

It takes up a lot of my time.  Am I the only one?

If we are not careful these social outlets will not only take up our time, it will monopolize our time.  Facebook just announced it has a membership of 1 billion people.  This means that more and more people are connecting.  This also means that we are spending more and more time on a screen, on a phone, or staring at an electronic device.  Ironically, the more we try to connect with others who are far away, the more we disconnect with those who are close by.

Stop and ask yourself a few questions.  How many minutes, or perhaps hours do I spend on these social outlets?  How many times do I check my phone or computer in one day?  Do I wake up with these devices and go to bed with these devices?  What, or who is being neglected as a result of my many hours on the computer?

Here are a few suggestions that I have tried to implement in my own life to have better time management when it comes to these social outlets.

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