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Doing Micro-tasks in Your Social Media Feed Might Be the Future of White-Collar Work

Last year, the nerds at Microsoft Research tried something different: They put bits of office work into the your Facebook news feed.

The researchers created an AI app that looked through documents you were writing in Microsoft Word. It extracted simple editing tasks, like making a sentence less wordy. Then, using a Chrome plug-in, the software would slot these jobs into an item in your feed, one every 2,000 pixels.

The researchers gave the tool to a test group, who began duly doing the little work tasks, a few each day, when they saw them while scrolling through Facebook. Every time they finished one, the AI would automatically insert it back into the proper Word file.

It might seem kind of nuts to work that way, yes? But the subjects said they oddly enjoyed these microtasks. They said it made them feel more productive: “It’s like chipping away at the document,” one noted. “It was normally time I would be wasting.”

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21 Awesome questions great leaders ask the people they lead.

Get a real check in on things…

1. How are you feeling about your role?

2. What is favorite thing about your work right now?

3. How can I help you do more of that?

4. What is your least favorite thing–and how is that affecting your performance?

5. What areas of your job make you feel like you’re stuck?

6. If you could work on anything next month, what would it be?

7. What would you like more feedback on?

Learn more about a project

8. What do you think I should know about the project but might not?

9. What aspect of this project has been particularly interesting?

10. What has caused you the most frustration?

11. What steps can I take to support your success on this project?

Address challenges

12. What is the biggest challenge you’re facing right now?

13. What have you tried so far to address this issue?

14. What ideas can you bring in from past successes?

15. What haven’t you attempted yet that you’d like to try?

16. Are there any obstacles to that approach I can help you with?

Support career development

17. What are some of the projects you’re most proud of?

18. What are two or three skills that would help you be more successful?

19. What other roles/responsibilities would you like to explore?

Improve future meetings

20. What do you like about these one-on-one meetings?

21. What would you like to see us change about these discussions?

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Why are we so concerned about what other people think of us?

Why Should You Stop…?

The way I see it…

You should stop giving a shi*t about what other people think because you are going to die some day. 


Dead. Done.  Enough said. 


Okay… there is a bit more.

Most people are generally more preoccupied with themselves than with you.
They spend more time focused on their own insecurities, worries, money, looks, car, clothes, Starbucks drink, diet, work and self-talk than actually thinking about your crap. When someone expresses an opinion about your life, it’s probably not something they’ve given a great deal of thought about.  In my experience they may not have given it a thought at all. 
Most people are far too absorbed with everything they have going on to really notice you. Sorry, but it’s true.  Once you start to realize that people are fixated on their own stuff and insecurities, it will make it a lot easier to stop worrying so much about what other people think. 

Most people don’t take care of themselves. They eat crap, think crap, take crap, feel like crap, look like crap and listen to crap.

Eric Herdman


One final thought…

What about this idea?  Most people don’t think very much of themselves.  Think about it. My dad always said… who said that?  When I answered, his reply was usually… consider the source son. 
Most people don’t take care of themselves! They eat crap, think crap, take crap, feel like crap, look like crap and listen to crap.  Why on earth would you put stock in peoples opinion who don’t think that much of themselves. 


How can stop giving a sh*t what other people think?

Maybe it’s not a question of why do you care what other people think but HOW do you STOP?

You can stop giving a sh*t what other people think by focusing on only what you can control in your life.

The things you can control in your life are your thoughts and your actions. That’s it. You can’t ever be entirely sure how people will react to those actions. So why worry?

Seriously, there’s no need to ever worry about what other people think. People might not like you and some are indifferent to you but they can’t stop you from being yourself.


*Disclaimer:  It’s wise to consult other people for their opinions. No one knows it all and it’s easy to let our biases distort our decision making. I’m all for listening to advice, and even heeding it if it makes sense.  In addition to that, It is important to focus on what clients and customers think. I have a career where I have chosen to be in service to others. Help others. Make others better. I do care what my clients and customers think. #thewayiseeit


Eric Herdman is a Professional Speaker, Coach and Author. When companies need orchestrated human optimization solutions for their productivity & leadership problems they contact Eric for proven, reliable & pragmatic techniques. 

This article was written and fueled by: priming my brain with reading 30-90 articles before writing.  Time restricted feeding. Lions mane added to my cold brew coffee. The right environment for this work Starbucks. Binaural Beats playing in my headphones. It’s the right TIME for this work.  The right ENERGY cycle and my FOCUS was optimized to be awesome. My new book is all about getting the right things done at the right time. For more info on how to do this to yourself click here