Update Your Work Status, Not Your Facebook Status
Since joining Facebook in March 2005 I’ve used up 39 Days – 5 Hours – 36 minutes updating my status with text, photos, links, and videos.
Luckily for me, I’m not alone. Data makes it clear we like to share information that is entertaining or meaningful to us, because we spend a lot of time doing so. U.S. Facebook users spent 114 billion minutes a month using the site on desktop and mobile. They also spend 8 billion minutes a month on Instagram and another 5.3 billion on Twitter. (Source – Business Insider)
This begs a couple of questions: Is what we’re sharing during those billions of minutes improving our lives? Most important of all, especially for us at TalentCove, why aren’t we more obsessive about making our time at work better for us?
Think about it.
We spend the majority of our time at the office or working remotely. It’s a safe bet you’d be happier and more productive if you spent some of that time sharing your progress and ideas, or asking for help from your trusted peers. You’ll be able to see the positive effects of your work as a result of greater interaction and will have the opportunity to do the same for your peers and co-workers.
There are many benefits of being more open about what you’re working on with your team and mentors, as well as tracking your every day progress. The key here is to make sure you are actively engaging with people by sharing these cumulative moments at work. Its important to recognize that this will benefit both you and your team. We want to share some tips on how to achieve all this:
Be Willing to Open Up
“Fundamentally, we believe that openness and honesty make for the best relationship because that leads to trust and faith.” – Tony Hsieh, CEO – Zappos.
Routinely sharing what you’re up to it is beneficial for you and your team. Why? It helps you stay engaged, be more productive and makes the impact of your efforts visible to everyone in a natural and social way. This in turn promotes personal growth, team transparency and a more open and collaborative work culture.
Also, letting your team know what you’re working on and the progress you’re making invites them to encourage you along the way. They can easily provide feedback, congratulate you on successes, and offer help for when you need it.
(We talk more about how tracking progress leads to workplace success here.)
Make Better Use of Small Moments
If you find yourself wondering when you’ll have time to record what you’re up to at work, we’ve got you covered. It’s all about using your gap time effectively.
What is gap time, exactly? It’s those moments waiting in line for coffee, on the bus or train ride to and from the office, waiting for a meeting to start — any time you would find yourself staring into space or mindlessly checking your Instagram.
Make good use of these small, frequent, moments to invest in your own success by taking a few minutes a day to take note of a job you did well or give a colleague a pat on the back! There are many ways to do this, but sharing these moments as they happen, in the moment, is socially more appealing to the people around you and has more greater impact.
A Winning Strategy
We all have goals: to run a marathon, start a business, open a cat cafe, or become a better employee. And it feels great when we’re successful in achieving our goals. It is that much sweeter when we can share in the success with our supporters and know it has been acknowledged.
Don’t allow yourself to lose sight of your goals. Track and share your small wins, stay in sync with your team, learn from those closest to you at work, and accelerate your career by measuring your growth.
The Bottom Line
We live in a participatory culture where we are constantly sharing our thoughts, ideas and creations on social media, smartphones and instant messages. We want our contributions on these engaged channels to matter and be recognized by those we share with, in order to feel some sort of social connection with each other.
Similarly, this innovative way of openly communicating, interacting and sharing can be beneficial to us in our work and careers. When our peers and mentors around us at work are actively engaged in our successes and goals, that in itself gives you a much needed boost and lead to happier, successful and more productive work life experiences.
It’s time to make work enjoyable and worthy again. Are you with us?
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