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Social Media is Destroying Productivity

With yesterday’s Facebook blackout, we thought it only relevant to talk about social media and the effects it has on our productivity levels.

Did you feel a sense of relief when Facebook was down yesterday? Did you find you got more done than you usually would? Or connected more deeply with somebody you care about ?

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Procrastination is defined as ‘the action of delaying or postponing something’. And according to recent research, we are now procrastinating over four times as much as we were thirty years ago. All of us procrastinate to some degree; it is virtually impossible to always be attentive and there are many factors that affect our attentiveness. Social media is becoming a key player in our productivity levels as it offers users a constant stream of updates and notifications, that provide an overwhelming distraction in the way of goal achievement and a challenging test of self-control.

Research suggests that males tend to procrastinate more than females, and for different reasons, however whatever the reason for your ‘cyberslacking’, we are here to help you combat it.

Tip 1: Stop Multi-Tasking

Multi-tasking has become a glorified skill, and whilst sometimes useful, can often be a hindrance to our productivity levels. If you allow yourself to multi-task, you’re not focused 100% on the most important task at hand, and without that focus, you’re far more likely to sub-consciously keep picking up your phone for social breaks.

Turn off your audible and visual alerts and place your phone out of eyesight. It can take you 23 minutes or so for your brain to switch back to your original task once you distract yourself with a notification or a scroll. You may think you’re being good by constantly checking your emails, but this is about the least productive way to manage them.

We spoke in a previous blog about chunking your focused time into 90 minute blocks. After this, you can schedule an email check and a social media break if you wish, but only once the task at hand is complete.

Tip 2: Establish a Daily Routine

With a time management app such as GoalShaper, sit down at the beginning of each morning, particularly Mondays, and schedule everything that you need to get done. If you’re aware of how much you’d like to get done in any given day, you’re less likely to want to sit there scrolling on Instagram.

It’s easier said than done to stick to a daily routine, so be realistic and figure out a routine that works for you, so you’re more likely to stick with it. Some work well in the mornings, so would work more efficiently if they got big tasks done before lunch. Some work well in the evenings, so would be better off blocking out afternoon shifts for concentrated work.

You’ll find that by chunking your day, you become much more productive, with alleviates more time in your day to have rest periods, go to the gym, or cook a delicious dinner – all of which are more productive than checking your notifications.

Tip 3: Use Screen Time

Screen time on Apple, not only shows you how much time you’re spending on each app, and in total each day. This can be really shocking, as a lot of time we spend on our phones is actually sub-conscious. Once you really tune in to how much time you’ve been spending on different apps, you will no doubt want to reduce future usage. If you find that you spend far too much time on a few particular apps such as Instagram, TikTok or Twitter, you can set a daily limit on your phone, which, once reached, it will grey out until the following day.

If you aren’t an Apple user, there are similar features such as Google Digital Wellbeing, that work similarly. Essentially, you’re finding out where you waste most time, and physically restricting the amount of time spent there. It may sound extreme, but you’ll be surprised how quickly you use up your daily allowance and will quickly train yourself to limit time wasted on your phone.

At GoalShaper, we are obsessed with time management but even catch ourselves cyberslacking. We want to know, what procrastination monsters do you battle with each day?

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