Social media – the blessing of my life and the bane of my life. The first part of the article is here if you have not read it yet. I’m going to explain further why social media is a detriment to productivity as I found out the hard way. I was on social media Twitter, Facebook and WeChat at 9 yesterday in the morning, with the intention of wanting to do a quick check and update on some of the stuff I read online the day before. Happily lounging on my couch, still in my pj, scrolling furiously at my Twitter to see if I missed any news when the good old trusty tummy start to rumble “Hungry. Feed. Me.”
I looked up and to the shock of my life, it’s 12 in the afternoon! I have just wasted my half of my day on social media!! During those 3 hours, I could have try a new recipe, swim many laps in the pool, finish 5 chapters of a book (I’m a fast reader) and definitely explore new blogs in WordPress, instead I was tweeting and liking.
Here are below scenarios that you could be productive at work but instead your eyes are roving somewhere:
The long ongoing droning of some presenter standing on the raised platform makes one’s eyes drooping down. A silent vibrant tells you that you have a Tweet, you quietly and discreetly reached into your pocket and did a quick scan. Oh, it’s your grandma tweeting you her latest home-made cookie recipe. Well, she just made you hungry in the middle of 3 hours long presentation.
Don’t! Preparing for a presentation takes a lot of effort even adjusting the tiny figures in that pie chart can take hours. Plus all the researching that the presenter has to come up with. Have some respect for the speaker even though the topic is not interesting to you. At least, he got guts to stand up in front of hundreds of people and belt out about a subject he obviously have passion in.
Could we ever have more meetings? These time consuming discussions sometimes doesn’t get results and you find your hand reaching across your notebook and tapping into the screen of your smartphone. When the host of the meeting caught you, you just grin and brush off as an important text from your boss, forgetting that your boss is in the same meeting as you.
Don’t! Unless you want to be labeled as someone who is rude. It pisses everyone in the room off when you don’t pay attention and got caught off by a question whereas everyone is debating intensively about what is the office party theme this year. It may appear to your colleagues that you simply don’t care. Great leaders have their mobiles turned off during a meeting, giving full attention to the organizer (gulp!).
You think you already conquered the subject matter, in fact you know no one in the office does it better than you so why did your boss send you for more communication skills training? It is just wasting your time when you can be out there, raking in millions for the company. That just gave you the right to pull out your mobile and start looking through photos of your ex’s latest crush on her Facebook again.
Don’t! You do know that trainers can discreetly to send an evaluation report to your company and your boss, don’t you? Especially if the course is a paid one, the more the company will asked for a report. You wil be seen as someone who waste company’s resources and not someone who wants to improve.
You are running reports on your laptop. You have got all the formulas right down in your trusty Excel sheet. You’ve been so good at it, you think you can close both eyes doing it. A ‘Ding’ alert you of a new Facebook post, you take a quick peek and laugh at the new photo of your kitten that your mum just post.
Don’t! Whenever you are concentrating on your work, stay focus. The exception to the rule is when you got frustrated and getting nowhere, then go ahead and take a 5mins break away from your desk. But if you think it is just a harmless 5 second peek, think again. You’ll lose your train of thoughts and you might end up skimming through areas where you should take note of. Plus a 5 seconds will turn into 5 minutes as you just have to text your mum how adorable the kitten is. 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there, before you know it, it could have accumulated a good half an hour of your “5 minutes” throughout the whole day. Don’t you rather go home early than to have to do another half an hour of overtime?
You tried to make your escape by going off lunch 10 minutes later than others but that boring dreadful tech colleague of yours caught you just as you are about to sink in your teeth onto a delicious sinful fat dripping bacon sandwich. He sat opposite you and just to make him feel uncomfortable, you start scrolling your Twitter while he talks about how much he is looking forward to next week’s office sports day.
Don’t! Now this is plain rude to use your mobile in front of a person who genuinely wants to bond with you. If you don’t wish someone to do it to you, don’t do it to others. If you find the subject he is mumbling about not up to your interest, you can always steer it gently away to other areas. Plus you don’t really want to isolate him, you might never know when you will need his help.
Social media in our lives are still important, bringing us the latest news, bonding faraway friends and families, at the very least, give you an opening topic to chat up that cute receptionist over coffee break. Just do it responsibility during lunch alone, a coffee break or a self rewarding timeout after solving a difficult problem.
Haha! Now I have just made everyone join me on this guilt trip! Have a great Monday!
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