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Does Social Media Make You A More Productive Employee?

Does Social Media Make You A More Productive Employee?

Social media isn’t just good for company branding.

Recent studies have found that employees who frequently used social media are more productive than those who don’t; the former are more service- and customer-oriented and can get more done in less time than their non-Twitter junkie counterparts.

Why, exactly, does social media usage make a better employee?

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1. It makes you more creative

What’s more inspiring than the collective streams of consciousness of hundreds of thousands of people from anywhere in the world? Being an active social media user exposes you to tons of new or unique insight, ideas, and solutions. Image-oriented social networks like Pinterest or Tumblr give added visual inspiration and knowledge for the visual learners out there. All of that content can put you miles ahead of your colleagues who don’t participate in social networking sites.

2. You become a better (and more willing) collaborator

Collaboration is an inherent part of being active on social networks. And collaboration doesn’t just mean a conscious partnership on a particular project. Whether it’s getting involved in a Facebook group, helping spread a hashtag on Twitter, or participating in a forum on LinkedIn, active social media users are likely to have participated in some kind of collaboration effort, whether they realized it at the time or not.

3. Social knowledge = quality assurance

Research and Googling can only get you so far; it’s the real-time, socially-generated knowledge of social networks that provides in-depth consumer/customer insight. This is especially true if you work in a customer service capacity.

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Social media, and knowing how to use it well, is an exceptional asset in and of itself in today’s economy. An awesome social media strategy can make your brand more popular than ever before — or create a total disaster.

Obviously, a social media manager needs to be savvy in managing social media, but those skills apply to general customer support and relations as well. Employees who are better socially versed will have better social interactions, meaning easier and better time spent talking to and helping customers, as well as more effective communication within the workplace.

4. You know how to get knowledge more efficiently

Social networks can be great tools to find info or answers to questions. This sounds like a strange claim if you think of “social networks” exclusively in the Facebook/Twitter department; how many times have you tweeted a question to the void without anyone ever offering a solution? However, we (especially Millennials) forget that forums are social networks. They’re also popular search results when running specific questions through search engines, so if you’ve ever Googled something for work and found helpful info on a forum, you’ve technically used social networks to help you on the job.

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Online forums are a wealth of information on both the frequency of various problems and user-generated solutions. Active social media users know the power of the masses can collaborate to help solve each other’s problems. Your less social media-savvy counterparts aren’t getting as much done by flipping through old manuals or hunting down other employees or your boss for help.

5. You network more efficiently

You may be thinking: “Duh, LinkedIn.” Yes, that’s the obvious online networking tool. But other seemingly less professional social media sites are often just as useful for networking. Twitter is an obvious one, but Facebook can also be used for networking if you use a professional page. Not only can you reach a broader group of connections, you can do it without spending the extra time hunting people down at events or luncheons just to say hi. Your Twitter followers could be more invaluable than your coworker’s Rolodex.

 

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And remember: social media can only benefit you if you know how it helps. Too much idle Tumblr browsing on the job isn’t necessarily an asset. Everything in moderation.

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

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Last Updated on April 6, 2020

15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

Let me guess.

You should be doing something else rather than reading this article. But due to some unknown force of nature, you decided to procrastinate by reading an article about how to hack procrastination. You deserve a pat on the back.

Fortunately, procrastination is not a disease. It’s just a mindset that can be changed, however, here are some productivity tips you need to start getting work done:

First, you need to acknowledge that procrastinating is an unhealthy habit. Not only you’re prioritizing unimportant things, basically, nothing gets done. Still unsure if you’re a procrastinator? Check out this article: Types of Procrastination (And How To Fix Procrastination And Start Doing)

Second, your commitment to change is very important. You should be physically, emotionally, and mentally determined to change this habit. If not, then you’ll just succumb to the tempting lure of doing other things rather than your tasks or chores.

Here are sthe best productivity hacks to improve productivity and keep yourself from procrastinating at work:

1. Give (10+2)*5 a Try

Let’s start with a classic but very effective hack called (10+2)*5 created by Merlin Mann,[1] author of 43Folders.com. Don’t worry. This is not a complicated Mathematical formula you need to solve.

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The (10+2)*5 simply means 10 minutes work + 2 minutes break multiplied by 5, completing 1 hour. It is crucial to stick with the time limits and not skipping work and break schedules. The point of this is for you to create a jam-packed routine of work and break schedules. The result? You will eventually skip your break schedules.

2. Use Red and Blue More Often

Clean your desk and remove things that might distract you. According to a Science Daily study[2] about which colors improve brain performance, red was found out to increase attention to details while blue sparks creativity. Surrounding your workplace with these colors not only benefits your brain, it’s also pleasing to the eye.

3. Create a Break Agenda

List all the things you want to do on your break, be it surfing the web, checking your emails, snack time, taking selfies, Facebook/Twitter—everything.

Like the (10+2)*5 hack, squeeze these in between work time but the difference is you schedule these activities for ONLY 20 minutes. Eventually, you’ll take your break minutes wisely. You’re finishing tasks while sidetracking to doing the things you enjoy.

4. Set a Timetable for Your Tasks

Like any other habits, procrastinating is a tough wall to break. Replace this habit with another habit. When you’re assigned a task, set a timetable for each step. Let’s say you have a big research task. Here’s a sample timetable:

9:00 – 9:10 am – Set up all your tools, browser tabs, emails, coffee, etc..
9:10 – 10:00 am – Internet research
10:00 – 10:45 am – Look through existing files
10:45 – 11:00 am – Break time!
11:00 – 12:00 pm – Outline the research report

Deadlines are the best hack for getting things done. Setting a specific time to finish a task creates time pressure even if the deadline has passed.

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5. Take It Outside!

Do yourself a favor and don’t ruin the comfy vibe of your home. If you need to work on a stressful project, do it in a library or coffee shop. You’ll never finish it anyway. Your cozy sofa and toasty bed will just lure you into napping yourself to doom.

6. Become Productively Lazy

Instead of finding all sorts of ways to unproductively procrastinate, use your habit to look for shortcuts and new ways to finish your tasks. Staple multiple papers at a time or master the 3-second t-shirt folding technique. A strong drive combined with laziness sometimes bring out the productive and creative side you never knew you have!

7. Assign a ‘Task Deputy’

It could be your colleague, your supervisor, or your significant other, anyone who has the unforgiving guts to reprimand you when you procrastinate. You could go the extra mile by paying up unfinished tasks or times you open your Facebook or watch a funny cat video on YouTube. Let’s see how five bucks every time you procrastinate will change you.

8. Consider a Gadget-Free Desk

According to a study by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, average users check on their phones 150 times per day and having your phone just an elbow away just creates sizzle to this habit.[3]

Removing mobile devices and gadgets allows you to focus on your work without the constant interruption from notifications, calls, and text messages. It eliminates the very distracting ambiance and the urge to unlock your phone just because.

9. Prepping the Night

Before hitting the sack to oblivion, prepare everything you’ll need the next day. This will probably take you 15 minutes tops, saving you more time for coffee in the morning.

Spin class at am? Pack up your gym clothes, shoes, socks, etc. or better, create a checklist so you don’t miss anything. You can also prep your food into containers and just grab one before leaving.

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10. Do a 7-Minute Workout in the Morning

Exercising is proven to increase productivity and stimulate release of endorphin or “Happy Hormones”.

Take a jog outdoors and get warmed up for the day. Don’t feel like running outside? Hop on a treadmilli. It’s a great investment and there are a lot of ways you can use a treadmill like endurance running and metabolism training. On a budget? Here’s a 7 minute, no-equipment needed workout you can do at home:

11. Set-up Mini Tasks

If you’re given a big project, break it down into mini tasks. Create a checklist and start with the easy ones until you finish. Got an article to write? Just start with the title and the first sentence. Or perhaps you have a visual presentation to make?

Spend 15 minutes on your outline, take five minutes coffee break, then finish the first two slides. Accomplishing something, no matter how tiny, still gives you that sense of fulfillment.

12. Create an Inspirational Board or Reminder

I found these mini desk chalkboards from Etsy you can use to write motivating quotes.

Or you know what? Simply write “Do it now!” and stare at it for 10 seconds every time you feel like dropping by on Reddit.

13. Redecorate Your Room

Redecorating my room motivates me to maintain that ‘new’ look for some time until I get use to it and eventually stop. So I redecorate again and again, it became a monthly habit really. Here are some DIY ideas you can do to any room without spending much.

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14. Ready Your Nibbles

You know that trip to the pantry? It’s just seconds away but it took you several minutes just to get your fruit snacks in the fridge. Before starting a task, prepare your nibbles on your desk to avoid zoning out and losing yourself on the way to the pantry.

Bonus productivity hacks you can do at home:

15. Schedule Your Chores

Write down your chores in a weekly basis with matching day and time when you should be doing these.

For the artsy folks, you can create fun chore charts like these or simply stick the list somewhere visibly annoying e.g. mirrors, doors, TV. The trick is listing as many chores as you can for the week and including unfinished chores the following week. Who likes seeing a long list of chores first thing in the morning?

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