Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Being More Productive - Cutting Down Social Media

Matt McCarten

The internet is a wonderful thing. It has opened up communication and our social lives, but has started to harm the way we work. I'm sure its not just me who has the internet jitters, every few minutes or so getting curious if anybody has sent them a tweet, written something on their blog, Facebook page or sent them a good old fashioned email.

These jitters, this constant checking of mails, tweets and blogs is eating away at our time, it's very easy to lose hours, and at the end of the work day wonder what you've actually done that was productive!

Here are a few tips to help you along your way to getting some work done!

Set a schedule - The easiest way forward. After every 25 minutes of working, reward yourself with 5 minutes of internet time so you can check your various social sites - you must use all of these 5 minutes, when your time is up you must continue to work for another 25 minutes. This system is continued throughout the day

Switch it off - You may find this very difficult, but if you have an important piece of work or a looming deadline, the only solution is to simply switch the internet off and return when you have finished

Just use ONE - Try just using one of your networking sites whilst at work, be it twitter or Facebook or just your email, or even better try consolidating all of your various networks into a desktop gadget so you can keep on top of happening without stopping what you are doing

I hope these brief words have been helpful, if you have any other tips, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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