Facebook Could Be Your Job Assistant
It happens every time my parents walk into the room during my ‘working hours’, I am busy feeding my employees in Restaurant City or cooking my favourite dish in Cafe World. Or when my siblings pop their head into my ‘office aka bedroom’, I am busy updating my Facebook status and commenting on other people’s wall. Sometimes they even catch me watching videos that you guys posted on your Facebook. And they start to question my discipline, the things I do when I am supposed to be working and many other things. But this is how I work. Facebook is my job assistant. And a very good one too.
Facebook helps me to stay connected. Every morning I start my work day by spending 30 mins on Facebook. I update my status, check out people’s status, click on all the new links to great tutorial and design tips (put aside to be read later), update pages I admin for my clients, and click on all my favourite Facebook games. Being in touch with the world is important because sometimes I get new business leads through Facebook.
Facebook helps me to focus better. We all know that our level of productive is at its highest when we first start working on something, and then it gets lesser and lesser as our body struggles to focus and produce. That’s why it’s important to take mini breaks in between work. Facebook games let me do that. I set up my Restaurant City to run every 2 hours and my dishes to cook in 2 hours at Cafe World for 2 main reasons: (1) I get mini breaks in between work, thus I focus better each time I work. (2) I get to level up faster in my FB games.
Facebook helps me to meet deadlines. Because I set certain hours to check on my games, I also work on the same timeline for my projects. If I need 4 hours to prepare a proposal, I set my games to require my action in 4 hours. If I have not completed my project by then, I don’t get to touch my FB games. If you’re a game addict like me, you’d know how frustrating it can be to let your dishes spoil in Cafe World. So I’m actually using FB games to push me to meet my deadlines, and it works all the time. I hate it that my Restaurant City is closed because I miss my deadline.
Facebook helps me to be non-workaholic. So Facebook builds up that momentum of work, play, work and play again. For a workaholic like me, this really helps to stop me from slaving away in front of my computer for hours. I have the habit of working more than 24 hours on my computer if I am working on projects like booklets and brochures. I work from page one to the very last page, and sometimes it means more than 24 hours of straight work. FB games give me the chance to take little break and not die in front of my computer.
Facebook helps me to be creative. I get inspired by what people do and say, how they live their life, and the stories they have to tell. Facebook lets me get all of that and more. It’s where I am inspired. It’s where I get ideas. It’s where I put one idea to another and come out with even more creative ideas. It’s where I get feedbacks on how to improve my work. Inspirations fuels my creativity, and my inspirations comes from the people around me. Facebook is the closest platform available when I need to be in touch with my circle of friends.
Facebook is my help line. I am sure everyone can associate with this. Need to know how to save a jpeg file? Need to know where’s the best place to go for business appointments? Need to know where to find royal free photos for your projects? Need some tips or opinions on your latest projects? Post one question on your status and the whole world is there to assist you. Sometimes, they even surprise you with some of their answers.
That’s why Facebook is my best job assistant. It keeps me going on the right track for just the right amount of time with the right resources for me to achieve even more in my job. Even if others don’t understand why or how Facebook could be my job assistant, as long as it works perfectly for me, I am sticking to it. At the end of the day, what makes you tick and excel is what matters most.
Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong © 2010