As a primary care internist, I work 10-12 hours per day, plus 6 hours on Saturday, and sometimes on Sunday. And I still am behind in my work. Pediatricians are probably just as busy. How could your docs find time to write articulate and well thought out blogs?
This is a question I got from a reader of the blog. Below is my response.
YOU HAVE TO LIKE IT FIRST
Fundamentally, if you don’t like it, you won’t find the time. Thus, in order to find the time, you have to want to engage in social media; you have to appreciate it. You have to like it, enjoy it and find pleasure roaming the web, reading interesting articles, sharing, communicating, networking etc. If you don’t enjoy it, it will be a chore and you’ll soon get bored and move on.
MOTIVATION IS KEY
For years, I complained I didn’t workout because I didn’t have the time. Last year a family member fell ill. He could have died. As a result of that health scare, I have found the time to workout. Now, my wife and I have a perfect synchronized schedule where we rotate, relieve, sacrifice, and change roles in our household, job and kids responsibilities in an effort to meet our new objective of working out at least a few times a week.
If you are not motivated, working out is boring and it is time consuming. When one doesn’t have a motive for working out, it is easier to choose to eat, sleep, sit, drink and be merry instead. Social Media is the same, in my view. If you are not interested or motivated, you won’t find the time. As simple as that.
Lastly, I wanted to share a great piece by Dr. Vartabedian. He has a great post that gives a few suggestions on how one can have an active SM life with just 30 minutes a day. I know… it sounds like a Billy Mays commercial. But it is really good. Click here for details.
For those of you that do the social media thing, what other tips or ideas could you provide to help others find the time to engage in social media? Is there anything else you would suggest?