One of my secrets for getting things done is to batch process a lot of my social media activities. When I say batch process I mean that I spend a set amount of time writing my posts, tweets, and Facebook updates and schedule them to release at certain times.
In this post I’m going to teach you how to the processes that I use to batch process my social media.
Schedule a WordPress Post
I like to write a bunch of blog posts at once and then drip them out a couple of times a week. This serves two purposes. The first is that I can focus on my writing for a few hours. I won’t have to worry about always meeting a deadline each week. The second is that my readers are getting a consistent stream of new information. This post was actually written 3 weeks before it actually published to the blog.
- From within a post of WordPress look in the upper right hand corner of the post. You will see “Publish Immediately” with an edit link next to it.
- Select the Edit link and choose a date that you want to have the post go live on the blog.
- Once you are ready to schedule the post click on the blue “Schedule” button.
If you are using Blogger you can view how to schedule a post here.
Schedule a Tweet with Tweetdeck or Hootsuite
The official Twitter product does not let you schedule tweets unless they are promoted tweets which cost money. However, both Tweetdeck and Hootsuite allow you to schedule Tweets to post in the future.
Schedule a Facebook Post
Facebook posts are a little more difficult for me to schedule since they are generally more about building relationships than linking to a post. However, there is a benefit to scheduling a status update to a time when more teachers would be reading their Facebook streams (late afternoon, evenings).
- Go to your Facebook page
- Type the status update as you normally would
- Before you hit ‘post’ click on the clock to schedule
- Choose the day and time that you want to schedule the post
- Click Schedule
It’s the little things like batch processing activities that allow you to stay focused on the tasks that you need to get completed.