“Man, what a time suck that game is!”
The super-addictive app and its red, orange and yellow candies steal precious seconds from our day…
“OK, just another five minutes and then I’m done. I swear!”
Rather than allow Candy Crush (like Farmville and Angry Birds before it) to dominate your time, fill the day with these productive habits. Successful people – your job seeking competition – already do.
1. Productive People Network Even When They Have a Job
They spend an extra 30 minutes at an after-work happy hour mingling and chatting. They always remember to use the six most powerful words in networking and and use free time to develop business relationships.
Before calling it a day… they meet new people and nurture existing relationships.
2. They Send Thoughtful Notes Just Because
A “thank you” here, a “congratulations” there…productive people send off little notes (or tweets) because they make someone’s day. They know the power of a compliment and particularly one that’s out of the blue.
We’re all working hard out there. Sometimes it’s nice to be noticed.
3. They Tinker with Side Hustles
Yes, it’s true every 20-something should have a side hustle. It will teach you new skills, make you more versatile and possibly open new career options.
Mobile gaming is mindless. A side project on something you’re passionate about? That’s the brain firing on all cylinders.
4. They Update Their LinkedIn Profiles
Productive people are keenly aware of how they look to other people. When they have a few minutes to spare, they check on their LinkedIn profiles and maybe even rework the Summary section (like this).
They might also dust off their actual resumes to ensure they’re current. You never know when you’ll need it.
5. They Read the News
Especially news about their specific industry. It’s so valuable to understand the latest headlines and trends in your line of work. Then you can see what’s coming and how to adapt. But mostly you can impress important people when sitting around big, fancy conference tables.
FYI: Google lets you create news categories based on keywords that matter to you. Pretty nifty.
6. They Ask for Feedback
Rather than assume all is well, they walk over to people they respect and say “Can you take a look at this real quick… tell me what you think?” or “How do you think the presentation went… what can I do better?”
And then they listen, and then they march back to their desks to make the fixes.
7. They Never Sit Idle
Newton is right. An object in motion tends to stay in motion.
The more productive people move, the more they accomplish. If they stop and fall into a 20-minute Candy Crush hypnosis, they leave a lot of opportunity on the table.
Get the work is behind you. Do each of these seven things, every day. Ten steal a few minutes to numb your brain on Candy Crush. You’ve earned it!
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About the Author: Danny Rubin is the creator and writer of News To Live By, a blog for Millennials that highlights the career advice and leadership lessons “hidden” in the day’s top stories. In one short-and-sweet column, Danny recaps a top news story and explains how it can make us better at our jobs. He’s a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Business Insider, and his work has also been featured in The New York Times. Follow News To Live By on Twitter.