Social Media and work (or lack there of)

Posted: October 14, 2009 in Rants

FaceBook, Twitter, Flickr, some on and so on, These are all great tool to build you web presence and get your name out there. But they take alot of time out of your work day. I know for me I alway ran them in the back ground and worked at the same time.  Alot of the time people spend more time on the Social media sites then actually working. Then find them selves working longer hours not meeting deadlines or just getting things in at the nick of time which leads to stress. I was just recently at a conference that touched base on this subject and with the average Photographer working 70hr a week here is the break down.

Shooting 9hr

Editing 6hr<— crazy (building albums, editing photos for blogs, advertisements ect.)

Photoshop 25hr <—– crazy

Admin 10hr

Social Media 11hr <—— Crazy

Selling 5hr

Mettings 3hr

Marketing 1 hr

Essence of business .75hr

I took a minute and mapped out my work week and its was different but i found same place that new less time and some that need more time.

I hope this helps everyone revamp a few thing.

Work smarter not Harder.


  1. Rod Leland says:

    Social Media and Web Presence isn’t an option in todays marketplace. Setting aside dedicated times to work on social media is much more efficient. If you have half an hour a day to maintain presence online, and ignore it the rest of the day, it still gets done without the detrimental effects of multitasking. For always-on services like twitter, Plan your tweets at the start of the day and use tools like Hootsuite to tweet for you. Its not rocket science, just self-control, IMHO.

    • cbelter says:

      Great to hear Rod. Great impute, want to hear more from other people. This winter with all the changes going on I’m building a solid work flow that works for me and working less back end and doing more for the comunityand my clients.

  2. Tanya Plonka says:

    I agree with Rod, and the same goes for email… check once at the beginning of the day, and once at the end of the day. I don’t have the self-control for that, mind you.

    I’m curious why there is a difference between editing and photoshop…

    Not all photoshop time is bad, either. We need to divide the time spent fixing photos that should have been right in camera versus time spent learning more about photoshop and how to make your photos really stand out (aka “doing cool things” to them).

  3. Kim Siever says:

    I don’t do photography editing, but software like Digsby sre makes my keeping on top of social networking a cinch. I rarely have to go to website to interact with content.

    That being said, I have always been a big multitasker. My job sort of breeds multitasking, putting temporarily aside larger projects to work on quick, smaller tasks.

  4. Ruth Seeley says:

    One of the best exercises I’ve ever done is to draw a circle and treat it like a 24-hour clock, indicating how I currently spend my days. You then draw a second circle that represents the ideal way to spend your day. It’s surprising the differences between the two and the way it highlights things you’re spending too much time (as well as not enough). Certainly helped me identify the fact that I wanted to get more than five hours’ sleep per night, for instance, and that there were hours that could easily be deducted from TV watching! 😉

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