Don’t Let The Internet Suck Your Time Away
Whenever I speak to recruiters, there’s a common theme. They just don’t have enough TIME! Yes, you get the same 24 hours as everyone else… but are those hours managed effectively? One of the major tools of a recruiter’s trade is the internet. Access to websites, apps, and your recruitment software is of paramount importance in order to function and do the job. Without it, it’s back to old pen and paper, and who wants that?
However, with the internet comes the potential for major distraction. As someone that works in marketing and also predominantly uses the internet for my job, I know it’s easy to get sucked in to a new website, or read another online article, or check my own Twitter account… shiny object syndrome. There is always something trying to lure you in!
So how do you stay focused?
Allow yourself a bit of time each day to ‘be distracted’. If you want to do some online shopping, or look at your Facebook feed, do it in your lunch hour. It’s something to look forward to and you aren’t going to feel guilty about focusing on the latest gadget you’ve been eyeing up on Amazon, or the amazing red shoes you are bidding for on eBay. Plus the boss isn’t going to mind if it’s on your own time!
Block some sites
Yes! That’s right, block them… not forever, but using apps like Anti-Social and Self Control allow you to set time limits on how long you can spend on specific websites and social media. Once you have hit the allotted time, that’s it, you can’t get back on. If you are using LinkedIn & Twitter for candidate sourcing, allow them all the time, but limiting Pinterest is probably a good idea. Alternatively you can block sites during specific hours of the day, or at any given time of the day. This is great if you really need to focus on a proposal, or for me, writing a blog article or press release. It gives you a block of time without distraction from notifications popping up or beeping at you.
Bookmark interesting content… for later
Apps like Pocket or Evernote are great for adding bookmarks to interesting content you found online. Found something you think would be of interest for the next staff meeting but don’t have time to read right now? Great, just bookmark it. Using one of these services is great as they sync up with a mobile app, allowing you to read on the train journey home, or while sitting in the dentist waiting room. For team collaboration, Trello is a great service for sharing lists and content with others, allowing them to comment on your findings, or share their own findings.
The apps above are also helpful for adding your To Do list. So if you are looking ahead towards lunchtime and don’t want to forget something, add a quick note to your own personal Trello board, or add to one of your bookmark apps so you can easily get back to it.
It can be! I find I often get overloaded with information, and don’t want to miss out on all the great content, or latest websites, or trending tweets. We live in a world of information overload and oversharing. We can’t be everywhere, see everything and respond to everything online. So, focus on the important places that allow you to do your job effectively, use tools to help you keep a clear mind, and don’t let your time get sucked away by the internet! What tools do you use to help with time management?
About the Author:
Megan Walker has worked for Bond International Software since 2007. Starting in the United States, she worked as an Implementation Consultant, an Account Manager, Training & Education Specialist, and then managed the Client Services Team. Moving back to her homeland in 2014, she now works for Bond in the United Kingdom as the Marketing Manager.For information on Bond Adapt, World Class Staffing & Recruitment Software, contact firstname.lastname@example.org