295 How to Be Productive in a Social Media Dominated World

March 8, 2017

Is social media making you less productive?

Do you find yourself in tons of tabs, inundated by distractions, while trying to get work done?

In today's episode, I discuss how to be productive in a social media-dominated world.

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I've been doing a lot of reading lately. One of the books I'm reading is Deep Work.

The premise of the book is that deep work is one of the most valuable skills we can possess and while it's value is increasing, it's becoming increasingly rare.

It defines deep work as “Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit.”

However, this social-media-dominated world is FULL of distractions.

But as a blogger, isn't it essential to be all over social media to be successful? It's 2017 and being “always on” has seemed to become the norm.

However, I believe that we've been fooled by some social media lies.

And yes, I believe that many of us (myself included) have become addicted to social media.

Listen to the episode, hear my thoughts, and then discover what I'm actively doing to try to reverse these problems in my life.

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  • Leslie, wow! I can identify. Love the psychological explanation of how the habit loop starts and how to get out of it.

  • Ikay says:

    Very timely podcast!. I can totally relate. Wake up in the morning, first thing is to check Facebook and twitter. Then during the day, I will keep checking my phone compulsively. I had delete the facebook app and account few weeks ago. Deleted Twitter app. Similar to your recommendation. I just have Instagram and pinterest(which I hardly check).

    Thanks Leslie, for all you do.


  • Cheryl says:

    Hi, Leslie —

    Oh my gosh, this podcast couldn’t have come at a better time! It hits the nail on the head…it describes me perfectly. You are not alone! My level of distraction is through the roof, but, unfortunately, not just with social media. Recognition and awareness of this, as you said, is crucial to learning how to deal with and, hopefully, overcoming it, at least to whatever degree possible. I love your examples of how engaging in social media impacted your work and your family and your decision to make some changes with how you interact with it. I thought about picking up a copy of Cal Newport’s book you mentioned, Deep Work, but it may turn out to be just another book that I buy, begin reading, and then, before you know it, I’ll move onto to the next shiny object. We’ll see. At any rate, I so appreciate your in-depth conversations on your podcast. Keep ’em coming! PS – I hope you do open your blog coaching club next month (I asked you about it in a recent email ;-)). God bless you for what you’re doing!

    • Thank you so much for your feedback, Cheryl. Yes, I know I’m not alone. Once we fully recognize the problem, we’re in a better position to deal with it.

      Haha, I like how focused you are on the reopening of the coaching club. It’ll be worth the wait ?.

  • Habiba Elkaihel says:

    Social Media is a drug and I am addicted. I realised that a while back and I try not to let it interfere with my family life. I am handling that ok, actually pretty good when I am around my goddaughter. I try to schedule fb in the early morning and maybe again in the evening. Not during the day at work. Although sometimes I sneak a peak during lunch break, lol. I like your recommendations and will give some of the a try! Thank you for yet another awesome episode of your podcast <3

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