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5 Habits You Need To Practice If You Feel Tired Of Social Media

5 Habits You Need To Practice If You Feel Tired Of Social Media

Feeling tired of social media? There’s no wonder why. While social media can be a great way of connecting with others, it can also be incredibly overwhelming. This infographic on Entrepreneur.com explains why, stating, “Each day, the average social network user receives 285 pieces of content, including 54,000 words and 443 minutes of video.” Forbes published an article describing a study showing a link between spending a lot of time on Facebook, social comparison, and depressive symptoms.

If you’re feeling stressed about social media but yet enjoy being able to connect with others online, work on your mindset. When other people write about their amazing accomplishments, choose to read about them only for inspiration and not to compare yourself to them. When you log into your social media accounts, plan how long you’ll be online, post or look for something inspirational, and log off. Avoid excessively scrolling through your Facebook news feed if you’ve had a rough day; seeing the great things that happened that day to hundreds of your Facebook friends could cause you to feel worse.

If you still feel tired of social media after limiting your time on it, and you want to take a break from being constantly connected with others online, here are 5 habits you can practice.

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1. Send messages via snail mail

It may take a few more minutes to send a letter than to “like” someone’s Facebook status, but handwritten notes are much more meaningful and heartwarming. I challenge you this week to cut out one hour of social media time to mail a few cards to friends or family members. You can find a card to purchase for pretty much any reason.

If you really want to be creative, design your own card. Grab some colored pencils, stencils, or stamps, and craft a personalized card. Your inner artist is just waiting to be unleashed, and you will make the recipient’s day.

2. Enjoy the quiet

Having personal quiet time regularly is an excellent way to reduce stress. Take a few moments to close your eyes and rest. You can meditate, pray, or write in a gratitude journal. Or, you can simply enjoy the peace and serenity that surrounds you.

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You may discover that spending time alone being quiet helps boost your creativity. After all, many people get their best ideas in the shower, a phenomenon explained in this article. Whether or not you feel innovative when you’re quiet, taking time out of your busy day for a quiet moment can be very beneficial.

3. Meet in person

Social media is amazing in that it allows us to connect instantly with people across the globe. Yet, no matter how big an online community you have developed, connecting on the internet is definitely not the same as meeting in person. Spend some time away from social media and meet people in person. You can get together for a workout, coffee, or late-night appetizers and a beer. The key is to actually meet and enjoy your time together.

4. Reinvent yourself

When you take a break from the social media, you will no longer be bombarded by other people’s lives and opinions. Your time and your mind will be free to explore new hobbies. This could be a good chance for you to rediscover your passion and motivation in life. Hence, taking a break from social media helps you focus on what actually matters to you.

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5. Get out in nature

Unplugging yourself from the internet has significant benefits. Look up and out to the magnificent world around you. Don’t be confined by your cell phone. This is the time when you will discover that you are genuinely living in the moment.

Getting out in nature and experiencing feelings of awe can greatly improve your life. Paul Piff, an assistant professor of psychology and social behavior, did a fascinating study on awe. He discovered that brief moments of awe experienced in nature make people feel less entitled and less narcissistic. According to Piff’s research, feeling awe helps people cultivate their altruism and makes them feel more connected to humanity. Spend some time admiring the beauty of nature, even if it’s just by taking a moment to look at the night sky. The world is vast and beautiful, and you can experience all it offers if you just take a break from social media to look around.

The next time you feel tired of social media, I encourage you to unplug and try one of the above ideas. I’d love to hear how it goes!

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Featured photo credit: Instagram and Other Social Media Apps/Jason Howie via flickr.com

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Last Updated on April 11, 2019

How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

Possessing strong communication skills will help you in every phase of your life. This is especially true in the workplace.

I have personally worked with several leaders who were masters of communication. A few were wonderful speakers who could tell a great story and get everyone in the room engaged. Those of us in attendance would walk away feeling inspired and eager to help with what came next. Others were very skilled at sharing a clear direction and job expectations.

I knew exactly what was expected of me and how to achieve my goals. This was the foundation of an energized and vibrant role I was in. What I have found is strong communication skills are incredibly helpful and sometimes critical in how well we perform at work.

Here we will take a look at how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

How Communication Skills Help Your Success

Strong communication skills pave the way for success in many ways. Let’s look at a few of the big ones.

Create a Positive Experience

Here are two examples of how well developed communication skills helps create a positive experience:

When I first moved to the city I now live in, I began a job search. Prior to my first live interview, I was told an address to go to. Upon arriving at the address provided, I drove around and around attempting to find the location. After 15 minutes of circling and looking for the address, I finally grabbed a parking spot and set out on foot.

What I discovered was the address was actually down an alley and only had the number over the door. No sign for the actual company. The person that gave me those very unclear directions provided a bad experience for me.

Had they communicated the directions to get there in a clear manner, my experience would have been much better. Instead the entire experience started off poorly and colored the entire meeting.

As a recruiter, I frequently provide potential candidates with information about a job I’m speaking to them about. In order to do this, I also provide a picture of the overall company, the group they might be joining, and how their role fits in and impacts the entire company.

Time and time again I have been told by candidates that I have provided the clearest picture of a company and role they have ever heard. They have a positive experience when I clearly communicate to them. Even when the position does not work out for them, often times they will want to stay in touch with me due to the open communication and beneficial experience they had during the interviewing process.

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Strong communication skills will provide a positive experience in virtually any interaction you have with someone.

Help Leadership Skills

It’s certainly a skill all its own to be able to lead others.

Being a mentor and guiding others towards success is a major hallmark of great leaders. Another characteristic of effective leaders is the ability to communicate clearly.

As I referenced above, having a leader who can plainly articulate the company’s mission and direction goes a really long way towards being the Captain of the boat that others want to follow. It’s like saying “here’s our destination and this is how we are going to get there” in a way that everyone can get on board with.

Another critical component of everyone helping to sail the boat in the right direction is knowing what your portion is all about. How are you helping the boat move towards its destination in the manner than is consistent with the leaders’ vision?

If you have a boss or a manager that can show you what it takes for not only you to be successful, but also how your performance helps the company’s success then you’ve got a winner. A boss with superior communication skills.

Build Better Teams

Most of us work in teams of some sort or another. During the course of my career, I have led teams up to 80 and also been an individual contributor.

In my individual contributor roles, I have been part of a larger team. Even if you are in business for yourself, you have to interact with others in one manner or another.

If you have strong communication skills, it helps to build better teams. This is true whether you are in an IT department with 100 other fellow programmers or if you own your own business and have customers or vendors you communicate with.

When you showcase your robust ability to communicate well with others while interacting with them, you are building a better team.

Now let’s jump in to how to improve communication skills to help you pave the way for your workplace success.

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How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

There are many tips, tricks, and techniques to improve communication skills. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information, so let’s focus on the things that will provide the biggest return on your time investment.

Most of these tips will be fairly easy to become aware of but will take time and effort to implement. So let’s go!

1. Listen

Ever heard the saying you have two ears and one mouth for a reason? If you haven’t, then here’s the reason:

Being a good listener is half the equation to being a good communicator.

People who have the ability to really listen to someone can then actually answer questions in a meaningful way. If you don’t make the effort to actively listen, then you are really doing yourself and the other person a disservice in the communication department.

Know that person who is chomping at the bit to open his or her mouth the second you stop talking? Don’t be that person. They haven’t listened to at least 1/2 of what you’ve said. Therefore the words that spill out of their mouth are going to be about 1/2 relevant to what you just said.

Listen to someone completely and be comfortable with short periods of silence. Work on your listening skills first and foremost.

2. Know Your Audience

Knowing your audience is another critical component to having strong communication skills. The way you interact with your manager should be different than how you interact with your kids. This isn’t to say you need to be a different person with everyone you interact with. Far from it.

Here is a good way to think about it:

Imagine using your the same choice of words and body language you use with your spouse while interacting with your boss. That puts things in a graphic light!

You want to ensure you are using the type of communication most relevant to your audience.

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3. Minimize

I have lunch with a business associate about 3 times a year. We’ve been talking for several years now about putting a business deal together.

He is one of those people that simply overwhelms others with a lot of words. Sometimes when I ask him a question, I get buried beneath such an avalanche of words that I’m more confused than when I asked the question. Needless to say this is most likely a large portion of why we never put the deal together.

Don’t be like my lunch business associate. The goal of talking to or communicating with someone is to share actual information. The goal is not to confuse someone, it’s to provide clarity in many cases.

State what needs to be stated as succinctly as possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some pleasant conversation about the weather too.

The point is to not create such an onslaught of words and information that the other person walks away more confused than when they started.

4. Over Communicate

So this probably sounds completely counter intuitive to what I just wrote about minimizing your communication. It seems like it might be but it’s not.

What I mean by over communicating is ensuring that the other person understands the important parts of what you are sharing with them. This can be done simply yet effectively. Here’s a good example:

Most companies have open enrollment for benefits for the employees in the fall. The company I work for has open enrollment from November 1 to 15. The benefits department will send out a communication to all employees around October 1st, letting them know open enrollment is right around the corner and any major changes that year. There’s also a phone number and email for people to contact them with any questions.

Two weeks later, we all get a follow up email with basically the same information. We get a 3rd communication the week before open enrollment and another one 1 day before it starts.

Finally we get 2 emails during enrollment reminding us when open enrollment ends.

There’s minimal information, it’s more of a reminder. This is effective over communication.

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5. Body Language

The final critical component to how to improve communication skills for workplace success is body language. This is something most of us have heard about before but, a reminder is probably a good idea.

When I am in a meeting with someone I am comfortable with, I tend to kind of slouch down in my chair and cross my arms. When I catch myself doing this, I sit up straight and uncross my arms. I remember that crossing arms can many times be interpreted as a sign of disagreement or conflict.

In general, the best rule of thumb is to work towards having open body language whenever possible at work. This means relaxing your posture, not crossing your arms, and looking people in the eye when speaking with them.

When you are speaking in front of others, stand up straight and speak in a clear voice. This will convey confidence in your words.

Conclusion

Possessing strong communication skills will help you in many facets of your life and most certainly in the workplace.

Good communication helps create better teams, positive experiences with those we interact with, and are critical for leadership.

There are numerous tactics and techniques to be used to improve communication skills. Here we’ve reviewed how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

Now go communicate your way to success.

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