1-To stay in contact with friends and family from all over the world, who can provide emotional support when you feel lonely and experience “culture shock”
2-To contact other expatriates and people you don’t know who can give you vital information such as schools, neighborhoods, medical support etc. to help you make an informed choice regarding your next International assignment and make contacts even months before your move. Read more about “5 Tips on how to connect with people yo don’t know”:
However there is a big problem,especially when you work from home. In my case Facebook takes more time than it should and it kills my productivity and I cannot stay focused on important things. I can always argument that it is for the reason #2, I mentioned above, but it is not 100% true.
I have tried various tools such as a simple kitchen timer or switching my PC on only after the main tasks were done, which is not practical when your clients are communicating online with you. I even try something more sophisticated like ”StayFocusd” a great application but you can always delete it if you feel frustrated that the 60 minutes you allocated on social media for “ not-so-important stuff” is over.
So when I came across the title of this article from FastCompany.com, I saved it on Scoop.it Global Leaders my online magazine, which is an excellent tool to keep important educational articles and ultimately save your time.
Then I started to experiment some of the basic tips:
You don’t have to say goodbye to your friends in order to keep the good parts of Facebook and avoid the constant distraction.
I started to look at the information on my news feed and deleted many pages that were just noise, I sometimes just liked pages to please others but completely out of my sphere of interests. I realized I liked 600 pages in 4 years ! Way too much and the pruning will be a long but necessary process.
Then I have changed my email notification to keep getting “Semi-important Stuff Coming Via Email” as recommended in the article.
The ultimate step is the weaning process that keeps you away from Facebook website. I know one friend who did it and I will see if I really need it.
How do you stay focused, productive AND keep the best of social networking ?
See on www.fastcompany.com
- Turn Your Email into the Best Social Network You’ll Ever Use [How To] (lifehacker.com)
- Don’t Facebook What You Tweet [User Manual] (gizmodo.com)