Facebook can be a wonderful tool for business networking and keeping in touch with family and friends.
It can also be the biggest time suck in the world.
While Facebook can be fun and even addicting, it is not worth taking over your life. No-one will be on their deathbed, looking back over their time on earth, thinking: “If I had only spent more time on Facebook!”
If Facebook is the first thing you check in the morning, you check it throughout the day, and then it’s the last site you check before you sleep, you may need to cut down your Facebook time.
6 Tips on Overcoming Facebook Addiction
Using Facebook too much is a habit. Bad habits can be broken. Here are some suggestions on how to kick the Facebook habit:
1. Get Clear on What You Use Facebook For
Are you there for business? Or to keep in touch with family and friends? Or both?
If you are using primarily Facebook for business, then you should stick to conversations and groups that support your work.
If you are there to keep up with family, do you really need to have 500 other friends you’ve never met before? Consider cutting out people who aren’t important to you.
2. Track Your Facebook Time
This can be an eye-opening exercise. Track exactly how much time you spend on Facebook every day. Add up the total at the end of the week. The time may shock you, and give you incentive to cut down.
3. Set a Timer
Decide that you will only spend 15 minutes on Facebook, and set a timer to buzz when your 15 minutes are up. You can do this on your smartphone or with a computer app. Or, an old-fashioned egg timer (used for cooking) can work.
4. Filter Out Content You Don’t Need to See
You don’t have to unfriend people to stop seeing their Facebook feeds. Simply “unfollow” them.
5. Choose a Time for Your Facebook Networking
Let’s say you are using Facebook as a way to network for your business. Set aside a specific time each day for this purpose, say, from 10-10:30 am. When the time has passed, you just close Facebook and move on to other business.
6. Ask: “Will This Matter 10 Years from Now?”
Prying yourself away from the computer screen when you’re in the middle of a heated online discussion on Facebook can be challenging. But this is precisely the least productive time spent on Facebook. It doesn’t help promote you professionally, and it doesn’t improve your relationships with your family and friends.
The next time you get into an argument on Facebook, take a few deep breaths. Ask yourself: “Will this argument matter at all in 10 years? How about 100?”
Take a break from the computer and avoid the temptation to try to get the last word in.
You Can Cut the Cord with Facebook
Don’t be a slave to Facebook. Take control of your online time and use Facebook productively, not compulsively. By reducing the time you spend on Facebook, you’ll have more time for more important things, like family, hobbies, work, and spiritual pursuits.
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