I came across this article today on Tech Crunch (note, I go to Tech Crunch a lot, I like their articles). techcrunch.com/2010/11/03/joe-hewitt-facebook/. Check it out, read it, and then come back.
Just kidding. I’ll tell you what it’s about. It’s about a Facebook Developer that is considering deleting his social media accounts from his work computer so that he can actually get work done. Is this a good idea or a bad idea?
I work from home, and the computer that I am currently using to write this blog, I also use to Facebook and Twitter. I do check both many times during the day when I am also working. Is it distracting? Of course. Did I get more done when I worked out of the home at a place that didn’t allow Facebook on their computers? Of course.
However, I appreciate the mental break that I get when I log into Facebook for just a few minutes (or thirty…but who’s keeping track?) When I focus too hard and too long on one thing, my brain tends to overclock itself and I get burned out. Facebook/Twitter/what have you allows me to rest my brain. Back in the day, at my other job, I would go go go at projects and never take a break (I worked there for 14 months and I can count on one hand the amount of times I took a lunch break). It was horrible. I was sick all the time, my anxiety was through the roof. I would come home and just want to sleep all day and night into the next morning. Now? I don’t have that problem at all. I very much enjoy that.
So what would it take for you to remove your social networking sites from your computer? Do little breaks throughout the day throw you off? Do they help you? Are you allowed to be on those sites at all? Are you the type of person who has to know what’s going on throughout the day with friends and family? I personally believe that companies shouldn’t regulate personal computer usage. If it’s a huge problem and the employee isn’t getting their work done at all, then you have bigger issues and that person probably shouldn’t be part of your team. But treat adults like adults. If they have work to get done, they are going to regulate themselves in their personal computer usage and get their work done.
Think about it!