The Pinterest time suck

The Pinterest time suck

Using Pinterest wisely

By now most of us have not only heard of Pinterest, but are likely nursing our own addiction to the site. If you haven't heard of it, Pinterest is a visual bookmarking website. You can pin things you see online by image. You arrange your pins into boards, so you can quickly scan the images to find the bookmark you are looking for. What makes it addicting is you can also scan through everyone else's pins. The eye candy on there is amazing!

It's also easy to get sucked into Pinterest. For example, you may decide to login for a few minutes before starting dinner to look for some recipe inspiration. Next thing you know, three hours have passed and you're ordering pizza! It's impossible to keep track of time when using the site.

I've found starting off with organized pin boards helps. I have a lot of boards, divided down logically. For example, instead of a catch-all recipe board, I have main dish, quick meals, side dishes, desserts, etc. I can scan my own boards quickly for what I am looking for.

When I do want to relax with some Pinterest inspiration, I set a specific time. I use a timer so I won't spend more than 30 minutes, or however long I decide, perusing the site. I repin everything that looks even remotely interesting to my own boards, but I don't click through to the link. Doing that is a recipe for disaster! I'll become distracted by some great new website or blog and the day is lost.

About once or twice a week, I go through all my new pins. I delete those that no longer look interesting. I also remove pins I no longer need, like that cake recipe that just didn't work out. Using the pin-it widget in my browser's tool bar allows me to pin other things I stumble across during my normal web travels, so I usually have a few of those to sort through as well.


Used wisely, Pinterest is an amazing inspiration and organizational tool. But like all things online, it's dangerously easy to get sucked in. I'd rather be making wonderful things than just looking at them, though!