As most people all over the world know by now, Filipinos love community and on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram more Pinoys are getting their news (and thoughts) on social media more than any other medium. Just last year, Pinoy-centric app KUMU was launched which allows “Kumunities” all over the world to interact online via live streams and online game shows. Today, it is considered the fastest-growing social media app in the country with more than 1.5 million users globally.
Indeed social media can be addictive and quite unfortunately for some, is replacing face-to-face interaction or hindering productivity at an alarming pace. But the real question is: can you stay productive while using social media? Surprisingly, the answer is a resounding yes!
Make use of time tracker apps.
Social media is indeed more fun than most daily work on our plates but it’s definitely not right to jeopardize your job because of too much online browsing. Downloadable for free over the App Store and Google Play is an app called RescueTime which allows you to track the time you spend within a day doing everything and including those you spend on social media.
Once you discover how much time you spend on your favorite platform and compare it with your allotted hours for work, you can start gauging if your online obsession is taking too much of your daily time that it already affects your productivity. If that’s the case, scale down on your online time so you won’t have to make any excuses if you don’t get any work done just because time flew while you were having fun flicking the screen with your thumb upward.
Make your own lifestyle.
The best way to be productive while on social media is to get great tips from your influencers and apply them in real life. Go out and exercise, explore the world, or indulge in that Kayseiki ryori instead of just admiring things online and crying inside because you aren’t able to do anything real. The sad thing is that for some users, social media merely present lifestyles that impress them, rather than inspiring them to lead a similar (or better) one.