Is it better to work 25, 50 or 75 hours each week?
This is a trick question.
We’re conditioned to think that working more hours is better. Some even brag about how many hours they work. You can’t go onto Instagram or LinkedIn without seeing a bunch of #HustlePorn, or its close cousin, #StrugglePorn posts.
Yet, the more someone finds the need to brag about how many hours they are working, the more it is a sign that something is broken.
It is not about how many hours you work. Instead, it is about what you are doing in the time that you are working.
Here are five things that I thought were worth sharing this month.
- Measure your output (i.e results) not your inputs.
- Do you give out your Instagram handle or your phone number when you meet someone new? This article talks about how younger Millennials and Gen Zers have made Instagram their default communication channel.
- Looking to spice up your next presentation or blog post? Check out this awesome, data visualization tool from Google.
- NPR released their storytelling framework. It is a good as you’d expect it to be. A must-read for any content marketers or creators.
- Whether someone signed up for your SaaS product, an online community or a new employee joining your team, the welcome email you send can have a massive impact. However, it is often overlooked.
Just For Fun
In other news, I recently rediscovered TikTok, which acquired Musical.ly. This social media app is interesting for several reasons including:
– It was the most downloaded app in 2018.
– It is the first Chinese app to gain mass appeal outside China.
– It is the first true video social media app.
– It is becoming more mainstream, and is starting to attract adults. In particular, there are a lot of police officers, firefighters, paramedics, nurses and U.S. military folks using the app. While it is still way too early to see if this app sticks, it worth checking it out for the awesomeness that are animal TikTok videos.
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