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Social media is where you go to blast your productivity to smithereens.

Unless, you can dig below the surface to find the good stuff. Bring the shovel.

Pinterest isn’t an exception. It is after all the third most popular social network with its talons deep in social media. It is the most visual of all social networks and that itself lends it a vivid appeal. And visuals are always great triggers for action.

Productivity obstacles hit us more often than we realize. When you get hit badly, be sure that there’s a solution in the 750+ million boards and 30 billion pins on Pinterest. Let’s gather the produce on Pinterest and see how we can use it to improve our productivity.

Declutter Your Workspace

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Physical clutter cramps productivity. Clutter competes for your attention. As a computer worker, I constantly fight cable clutter 5 Ways To Clean Up Computer Cable Clutter Under Your Desk 5 Ways To Clean Up Computer Cable Clutter Under Your Desk Cable clutter is one of technology's biggest annoyances. While it's easy to conceal your messy cable collection in a closed box, the cables that catch dust under your table are a completely different story. Try... Read More and the chaos of disorder Creating Order From Chaos: 9 Great Ideas For Managing Your Computer Files Creating Order From Chaos: 9 Great Ideas For Managing Your Computer Files It's frustrating isn’t it when you can’t find that file? When you’ve searched every folder imaginable on your computer, and somehow it got lost….or worse, deleted. Now, there are excellent search tools for Windows that... Read More on the computer. You can start your weekend springcleaning project with the help of Pinterest and its many boards on organization tips. Search for boards on “organization”, “desk organization”, “office organization”, “workspace”, “space saving”, ‘declutter” etc. Type it in and Pinterest auto-suggests.

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For instance, a search with desk organization netted me some really good ideas on decluttering with everyday hacks. You will find umpteen ideas on handling cable clutter. Look for the simpler hacks which can be set up quickly.

Looking for shortcuts – head to some boards by master organizers at…

Get Into The Idea Habit

Pinterest - Creative Ideas

An idea a day can prevent thought droughts. Pinterest is a creative’s dream, but it can be used productively for all sorts of ideas. You can be like comic book artist and toy designer Federico Mariani who uses Pinterest to not only seek visual inspiration for his designs, but also uses an “illustration board” to showcase his own work and take feedback.

Others on Pinterest have so many interesting things on their boards, that once you enter it’s hard to get out of it. I use it mainly to search for illustrations such as researching graphic types. Sometimes it’s simply for ideas on how to dress or decorate the house. It is very useful!

You can also use Pinterest secret boards At Last, Get Some Privacy On Pinterest With Secret Boards [Updates] At Last, Get Some Privacy On Pinterest With Secret Boards [Updates] Nothing used to be private on Pinterest. Every single pin had a global audience. If you were among the ones hankering for some secluded corner on Pinterest, here’s some cheer just before the holidays. Pinterest... Read More and develop your ideas. Pinterest lets you create unlimited secret boards, and you can also invite a special coterie of friends to share in your secret ideas.

Cure Mind Blocks

Pinterest - Creative Ideas

Did I say something about thought droughts? We writers call it – writer’s block. I gave it the Pinterest cure in my previous post on tips for brainstorming alone 8 Tips To Come Up With Winning Ideas When You Are Brainstorming Alone 8 Tips To Come Up With Winning Ideas When You Are Brainstorming Alone Two heads think better than one, but brainstorming is as much about individual problem solving as it is about the group. Here are some methods to build up a “storm” of ideas. Read More . It’s a bane of everyday life and Pinterest comes to the rescue with two laser-guided ways…

The Interests feature is a tableau of Pinterest topics that are well…interesting. Think of them as categories you might not have stumbled on to before. I regularly head towards Writing. There are always some tags on top which you can use to dive inwards. You can try browsing through other Interests and even cross-pollinate ideas from unrelated themes.

Pinterest - Explore Interests

The Guided Search feature helps you refine your search keywords and type in extra search terms to get even more specific. It is only available for iOS and Android. Include, exclude, and combine different keywords to come up with interesting pins and serendipitous discoveries. Here is how it works on the iPhone.

Personal Trophy Case

Pinterest - Vision Board

Productivity needs its yardsticks. The visual power of Pinterest gives you a platform for creating vision boards for life goals. You can easily re-purpose an image board into a “personal trophy case” as you go through and complete the pins on your board.

Set challenges. Pinterest is also one of the more favored places for sharing resolutions. 2014 saw the #PinYourResolution campaign flagged off here. If the old to-do technique didn’t work, maybe it’s time to try it a bit more visually…even in the middle of the year. Thanks to Pinterest, you can “see” your goals.

Visualize…Just A Day

Pinterest - Daily ToDo

Not a month. Not a year. Definitely not a life. Chunk it down – visualize just a day or a week. Turn the most onerous tasks into images. Secret boards are really useful as personal organizers and there’s always Google Search to find the right image which sets your boosters on fire.

Alternatively, you can find some cool daily to-do printables with a Pinterest search.

Learn Something Quickly

Ted Hope is a filmmaker. If you are interested in grabbing quick knowledge of film production and films in general then his Film School: Producing board could be of interest. Then there are others organized under the prefix of “Film School”. The pins won’t make you a Hollywood mogul, but they help to underscore the quick learning bytes found on Pinterest.

Pinterest - Cheet Sheets & Infographics

You can find large collections of infographics and cheat sheets on Pinterest. A hobby like photography benefits immensely from some Pinterest coaching and large number of infographics on the subject. You can re-pin these infographics on your own specially curated boards whenever you want to look up a specific setting. I used them exactly like that for jumpstarting my photography habit 8 Easy Ways To Get Started With A Photography Habit Today 8 Easy Ways To Get Started With A Photography Habit Today Each day can be a new beginning. A hobby like photography also needs the discipline of a habit, and you can give it an extra motivational push with the help of the Web. Read More .

And don’t forget, you can setup collaborative boards on Pinterest for group learning as well.

Take A Brain Break

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Productivity is work. But it’s gruntwork without some chilling out and recharging of the batteries. Relax and you will be more productive. The right amount of sleep…regular vacations…and even daydreaming on the job have been tied to better productivity. This New York Times article from last year ties the things together. When you are on Pinterest, visit some place pins, follow the best humor boards, find delicious eats, or just indulge your imagination.

One of my favorite pastimes is to combine Pinterest with my photography hobby and document every nook and corner of the city I live in on a Pinterest board. It’s fun, fascinating, and relaxing. What’s your favorite brain break on Pinterest?

Begin Pinning…Start Doing

I haven’t talked about following boards on productivity. There are many useful ones, but this is one of the more obvious uses of the medium.

Like any other thing, Pinterest is also a waste if you don’t use your boards and pins. Tell us about your Pinterest-ing take on productivity and point us to your board if you have to. Do share any other idea on how to use Pinterest for boosting self and group productivity.

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