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Things You Should Do Online Instead of Facebook

Things You Should Do Online Instead of Facebook

The Internet has brought us many useful tools and facilities we should be enriching our lives with, but the fact is: we’re not. Most times, people log on to check in on (read: stalk) their “friends” on Facebook, screen emails, and look at highly-processed pictures of places and things they’ll never see in real life (nor truly pay attention to in the moment if they do). That doesn’t sound like a world I want to live in, and neither should you…

An amazing place, the Internet is home to a myriad of societies and cultures so expansive that even someone with obscure or avant-garde taste can feel comfortable and understood. As someone who spends a lot of personal and professional time online, I wanted more.

I don’t want my headstone to read “RIP Facebook User 2349583;” I refuse to go out like that. To help you achieve your equally exciting eZen moment, I’ve compiled a short list of things you should do online so the Internet achieves greater purpose in your life. You’re welcome!

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1. You Should Be Making Money

We get it: the global economic downturn kicked us all in the proverbial nuts. But the statistics on how much time and money people spend online aren’t meant to make you depressed; they’re meant to inspire you! People with no formal business background are setting up their own web pages and making money online. Sure, we suggest it like it’s the easiest thing ever, and like anything successful, it takes hard work. But if you’re going to spend hours a day online, why not make those hours more productive?

Sites like Etsy and Freelancer.com are modest testimonies to how the internet empowers passionate people to make money online. Fivver, mTurk, and other sites provide additional ways of boosting income, and as always, don’t forget to keep ads on your site from easy-to-use services such as Google Adwords and Amazon Affiliates.

Already online but need to give your business an eBoost? There are tools like toll free forwarding to take your current online business further. Armed with a 1-800 number, exceptional WiFi, and a snazzy webpage, you could turn bandwidth into bucks in no time! (Your next mission: deciding what to peddle online…)

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2. You Should Be Falling In Love

This isn’t a new concept; we’ve been doing this since time immemorial (albeit not always successfully), but finding love online has had a sticky stigma for quite some time. Many people found their soulmate and OTP (one true pairing, in case you’re not a fangirl or fanboy) just by chatting on forums and social media, but insufficient merit is given to the internet as a conduit of love. “Love online” for many people still conjures images of sneaking around to type dirty to strangers in untraceable (FYI, everything’s traceable by both governments and corporations) instant messenger chats, but things have changed drastically in the past decade.

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    Dating websites have cleaned up their acts, making it easy for educated, eloquent professionals of every designation to log on to get their grove on! Some require payment and others are free, but all of them can be fun if you give them and yourself a chance. With a tastefully accurate picture of yourself & an honest, interesting profile, you could be chatting or even meeting with someone you otherwise may not have met because it wasn’t in the cards.

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    If sitting at the bar Friday night after Friday night is no longer working for you, take that dedication to an online dating site. Even if you don’t find Mr. or Mrs. Right, you can at least find friends who may be closer than you think. And who doesn’t want a buddy?

    3. You Should Be Vlogging

    This one’s a little tricky – you’re either into it or not – but read me out; vlogging makes people happy. There’s no shortage of free online and cloud platforms for people to upload original content, and you ought to investigate this for your own peace of mind. On YouTube alone, there are vloggers or video bloggers who even make money putting their thoughts and opinions on the internet.

    This list is just a sample and no, we’re not suggesting that you become the next Jenna Marbles, but if you have something to say and aren’t afraid of putting you voice and face out there, give vlogging a whirl. If you grew up in the age of handwriting in a diary or are tired of the lifeless posts in your Facebook timeline, you’ll appreciate the catharsis of vlogging.

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    Last Updated on March 23, 2021

    Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

    Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

    One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

    The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

    You need more than time management. You need energy management

    1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

    How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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    I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

    I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

    2. Determine your “peak hours”

    Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

    Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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    My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

    In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

    Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

    3. Block those high-energy hours

    Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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    Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

    If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

    That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

    There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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    Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

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