It starts with one little hit.
Then you go back for a little more.
And before you know it YOU’RE HOOKED!
As a Online Business Manager it is my job to know what everyone is doing with their time and how to improve the efficiency of not only my business but the ones I serve.
For years I have managed my productivity and I have put systems in place to reduce distractions.
I don’t allow any notifications except text messages to come through to my phone. There are literally only a handful of people that have my number. If they text, I pretty much want to reply back!
I go on Facebook on my phone when it suits me.
I reply to Instagram comments when it suits me.
I check my emails when it suits me.
You are seeing a pattern right?
So how did I get hooked on Facebook?
I use a Mac and a Laptop for most of my work. I have an iPad which I only use at indoor soft plays.
I actually have to use Facebook for business. This could be checking in on a Facebook group, adding people to a group, replying to business messages.
However, I was always so good and going in and getting done what I needed to and then moving on.
Over the last few weeks I had noticed that my time on Facebook had increased considerably. However my billable hours didn’t reflect that.
You see I use Toggl to track my work. I only put the timer on when I am doing client work. When I am done I turn it off.
So I was getting done what I needed to and I would get this itch to carry on looking on Facebook.
I hadn’t seen what had changed.
I literally couldn’t help myself, a few wasted seconds turned to wasted minutes and then minute turned to wasted hours.
I was literally distraught.
What has happened to me?
I am like a drug addict.
I can’t get enough.
I want more even though I KNOW it isn’t good for me.
Just this list time…
5 more minutes won’t hurt…
All the excuses you can think of I used to justify my wasted time.
Not to mention the unearned £££s that I had thrown away.
Why and How?
My Kill News Feed browser was not working.
You see if I remove it on my Mac it does it to my Laptop too.
I am not sure how it happened but I know it had a massive impact.
I have reinstalled it now and I feel better already.
Without the temptation of the news feed I don’t feel I need to keep scrolling and scrolling.
It is the huge FOMO that makes us keep going.
If I stop now, I might miss that really important thing that I really needed to know…
It sounds stupid now, but at the time you cannot stop yourself.
The only way to reduce your wasted time is to put the systems in place to ensure you don’t waste your precious time.
Here are some other things you can do to make sure Facebook doesn’t get you hooked too:
- Install Kill News Feed right now on whatever browser you use
- Have set times to login and logout for interaction – use a time
- Turn off all notifications on your phone so they do not distract you
- Keep your phone in another room so you don’t get tempted
- Use a Pomodoro time to keep you focused
- Set boundaries with your clients and use a communication tool like Slack