Stay off social

We mentioned the need to stay off social media platforms as they can be a time sink and have the fantastic ability to get you angry.

However, with LinkedIn, this is very much a different kettle of fish. The reason that this is different with LinkedIn is that how LinkedIn’s algorithms work. When they are ranking people to list at the top of searches they use a formula that includes both keywords, relevancy and activity. How the exact formula or algorithm works is kept a secret, however, business is an integral part of it.

In essence, LinkedIn wants you on the platform, engaging and talking with people so that you will click on adverts, thus generating profits. Most recruiters are active on LinkedIn, but not involved in the appropriate way for the algorithms. So how much activity and what type of business should you engage in?

We recommend that every day you share on the platform one status update. Comment on five posts and like ten other posts. This should keep you looking “active” to LinkedIn.

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Turn your phone to grayscale

 Mobiles are addictive things. They’re brilliant, though, I for one, for years, was addicted to Angry Birds. Mobile phones can also be a killer on productivity, steal family and friends time and damage sleep. They are probably the 21st-century cigarettes.

There is one simple, quick and easy way to reduce the addictiveness and the desire to want to be on your phone. It is called grey-scaling. What is grey scaling? Essentially, you are turning all the colours black and white.

So it’s like an old 1950s movie but on your phone. It essentially kills the blue haze background your cellphone off produces..

The instant you do this, going on Facebook, going on any app is nowhere near as fun or exciting because the colours are what give it vitality and addictiveness to the brain. The colours help to create that dopamine hit.

By going on grayscale, you won’t want to be on your phone as much, and you will be able to focus during work on the day to day stuff.

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Change your relationship with sleep

 Remember when you were a kid and you had a bedtime routine? The same thing every night. Remember how you would fall asleep really quickly.

As an adult, we generally forget that having a bedtime routine is a beautiful way to end the day and set yourself up for sleep.

Why does a routine work?

As humans, we are basically still creatures of nature and habit and do respond to stimuli and practice far more than we give credit. By creating and keeping a routine that you use each and every night, you will be saying to the subconscious parts of the brain it is time for sleep, and a wide range of chemicals will be released into your system that will kick-start the process of drifting off.

Below is a model bedtime routine that I try to use.

1. Have a set bedtime

2. One hour before this bedtime put your phone in the kitchen to charge, turn off your iPad and television. Do not have any of these things in your bedroom.

3. Only use your bed for sleep and do not ever power nap during the day.

4. Dim the lights an hour before bed mimicking sunset. Make sure every morning you get sun on your face within 30 minutes of waking up.

5. Do bathroom stuff.

6. Get into bed and read a light novel until you feel sleepy. This works for me, you have to figure out your own routine, but it needs to reduce stimulation of the electronic kind, must be kept to and mimics our natural circadian rhythms.

If you have any problems with sleep why not visit the Sleep Foundations website   

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The Linked In desktop App rocks

To be fair, I am a massive fan of this application.

I downloaded it via the Microsoft Store and I cannot, and I repeat, I cannot say enough about it. It is absolutely brilliant. What you get is a fantastic piece of software that keeps LinkedIn in its own separate programme, meaning that you are not having to necessarily have it open as a tab on your Internet Explorer.

However, you can dip into it quickly and without much effort. It looks lovely, and it’s really worth keeping. It’s good for productivity, and Linked In likes you using it as well.

Mostly, it’s also good for your own rankings because LinkedIn likes people who like using their apps rather than on the web pages. So download it, and you will be blown away.   

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Be prepared to walk

Walk away For any recruitment consultant the most critical mental attitude to posses in regards to your relationship with clients is the willingness to walk away if the vacancy or contact is not going to be profitable.

Most recruiters are too scared to walk away. They are like sad little puppies when it comes to clients. They are not willing to walk away from low fees, multiple briefed agencies or client processes that are transactional.

In short, they are too scared of missing the “potential fee” that they waste time, money and effort on clients that just do not deserve it. If you do learn how to walk away under the right circumstances you find that: You feel a greater sense of self-worth and power about the client and more control over your desk and research time. Clients generally do not respect the “whorish” nature of most recruiters.

So walking away can become a great personal USP. You will save yourself a tremendous amount of time that can be spent on finding clients that do meet your standards. Now walking way does not mean being a jerk, just politely let the client know why and how they can get in touch if things change.  

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