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8 Powerful Reasons To Spend Less Time On Facebook



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We all know that Facebook is a powerful social media platform that helps you stay connected to friends and family. It is also a great tool for those with a business to help you engage clients, increase your brand exposure, and provide you with low cost marketing.

However, you may be guilty of checking things a bit too regularly and staying on a little longer than planned. Here are seven reasons why you should take a social media break, and spend less time on Facebook.


Social Media Break: Why Spend Less Time on Facebook

1) Decision Fatigue

Psychologists believe that as you make more decisions through the day, regardless of their importance (i.e. which Facebook posts to read, to respond or not, what to post), the quality of our decision making and self control deteriorates.

It’s not a coincidence that high achievers (e.g. Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg) wear the same style clothes every day, as they reserve their decision-making energy for more important tasks.   


2) Loss of Motivation

Once you eventually pull yourself away from the screen after a mammoth session, your brain is fried. You’re not motivated to do the important things you set out to do, as you require time to recuperate and recharge. That’s why you need a social media break.


3) Delayed Goal Achievement

Every minute you spend reading and reviewing Facebook is another minute you have to delay achieving your day’s goals or life’s ambitions. For example: if you want to get that article written by 2PM and you spend another 45 minutes looking at cat videos, then don’t expect your work to be done before 2:45PM.


4) Reduced Life Satisfaction

It can be great and motivating to see others posting their latest successes, travels, or restaurant experiences. However, a growing body of evidence is showing that social networking can reduce your personal life satisfaction. This may be due to unfair comparisons with others in your network, who appear to be more successful than you.


5) Unrealistic Expectations

People rarely – if ever – post their failures and complete flops for the whole world to see. Everyone from Jeff Bezos to Richard Branson has had their fair share of troubles, sometime more than their fair share.

When you only see the successful results that people post, without the required toil, you set yourself up to have unrealistic expectations on how your day, life, or ambitions should pan out.


6) Poorer Health

Computer and smartphone screens are now a well ingrained part of daily life and jobs. There’s no getting away from that. However, why spend even more time looking at an electronic screen during non-working hours?

Study findings show that increased screen time interferes with sleep patterns and may cause eye strain, headaches, and irritability. Keep yourself healthier by taking a social media break.


7) Opportunity Cost

If you are in front of a screen reading Facebook, it means you are NOT in front of a client, future employer, or sales prospect. On the face of it, you may have lost little time – but what opportunities have you also missed by reading and posting to social media?


8) Missed Vacations

For every 10 minutes you spend on Facebook throughout the year, you miss out on over 60 hours of potential working time. That’s over a week and a half for those working a 40-hour work week! Would you rather browse for 10 minutes a day OR take that vacation?


Social Media Break: 4 Hacks To Help Keep You on Track

Given the above, you need to stack the odds of breaking your Facebook habit in your favor. Below are some of the life hacks you can do NOW to get started and keep yourself on track.


Hack #1: Identify the triggers to your browsing to help you break the habit.

What drives you to have a look at your updates? Is it when you are bored? Is it at a certain time during the day? Is it when you’re in a particular place? Once you are conscious of your triggers, you can plan a different routine to replace your browsing.


Hack #2: Replacement habit.

Following from tip #1, you need to be aware of the perceived reward you get from looking at Facebook. In one example above, the browsing eliminates boredom temporarily. Therefore, can you do something else to alleviate the boredom that will have a net positive effect and replace browsing.


Hack #3: Change your environment.

Make it difficult for you to check in on updates by pre-planning your environment. This will make it easier to follow through when your self-control is running low. For example: you can use browser extensions that will limit the time you spend on Facebook or other sites, so you are motivated to use less (e.g. StayFocusd for Google Chrome).


Hack #4: Create competition.

Nothing motivates like competition. Challenge a fried to see who can stay off Facebook the longest, with the loser having to pay for the winner’s night out. Ironically, Facebook can track this for both of you! Or challenge yourself to do a forfeit if any of your friends catch you browsing while they are online themselves.

As you can see, there are many reasons and creative ways for you to, at very least, reduce your Facebook habit. It will be difficult at first; given it is a well-ingrained habit. However, with some focus, a little persistence, and maybe the help of some well-chosen friends, you can take a social media break – and surprise yourself.

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3 small steps that could make the biggest impact on your life



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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”Lao Tzu

Every day that passes by, there is someone who is living a life that does not fuel their passion or purpose. Each moment feels like they are just existing or living life by accident. This could be due to fear of change, or limiting beliefs within them that say “you’re not worthy” or “I don’t deserve to be successful”.

It could be a number of things. Believe it or not, I used to be this person. I was stuck in a 9-5 job, in a 7-year relationship that was emotionally draining, and I was 75 lbs. overweight.

Then came that ONE day that would forever change my life. I remember it as if it were yesterday. I looked at myself in the mirror and saw what I had become. I didn’t recognize myself. I immediately burst into tears. This was NOT the life I wanted to live. I had neglected the most important person in my world: ME. 

It was then that I had to make an important choice. I decided to take the first step towards creating the life I would often dream about. That very next day, I promised myself that I would do just one thing that made me feel more connected to the goals I wanted to accomplish.

Not two or three. Just one. It didn’t matter how small it was. The point was it was a small step in the RIGHT direction. This has led me to the level of success that I am at today.

Here are three small steps that will help you make that same important decision and transform your life.


3 Small Steps That Could Make a Big Impact In Your Life

1.) Have a heart to heart with yourself.

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Take time to get away from people, places, or things, and just spend some time with yourself. In order to truly make any step towards the success you desire, you must have a great sense of self-awareness.

What is it that you want to accomplish and why? What truly makes you happy? What are you passionate about? How will accomplishing this change your life? How would it make you feel?

Be completely honest with yourself, your thoughts, and your intentions. Having these questions in front of you will keep you from going around in circles. They will give you more clarity and vision that should help you determine which small steps you need to take.

As a result, instead of being frustrated or reluctant to leave your comfort zone, you will be more confident now that you have a plan in place.


2.) Do ONE thing everyday that is connected to your goals.

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Always remember that you don’t have to always make massive amounts of progress at one time. The important thing is that you are continuously moving in the right direction. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It took consistent daily, focused action. Over time, it became one of the most celebrated cities on the planet.

We live in a world that is bombarded with messages of instant gratification. But the truth is, any level of success is the result of a daily routine of the right things done for a certain period of time. That time can vary from days, weeks, months, or even years.

However, throughout the journey, you can see that you are moving closer and closer towards your ultimate goals. Do not underestimate the power of small steps. You will find yourself accomplishing things you never thought possible (and sooner than you anticipated).


3.) Do not measure your level of success by comparing yourself to others.

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Success means something different for everyone. You must not become fixated on what media or entertainment portrays as successful. A fulfilling life is more than material possessions. Understand that you can only live the greatest life possible when you have defined what success is to you.

As you begin taking small steps and making progress, focus only on what your desired goals are. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by what others are saying, doing, or what they believe success should look like. Too often, we get caught up in what society, current trends, and what the masses portray as “I’ve made it”.

This is your life. Only YOU can determine what accomplishment, achievement, and true success means to you. In fact, one of the reasons why you may be in the position you are in is because you designed your life based on the thoughts and opinions of others. This was my case years ago.



You deserve to be great. You have greatness within you. Sometimes, that can be clouded by limiting beliefs, adversity, or just the many circumstances in life. Think about everything that has happened in your life right up until the point you are reading this article.

I want you to know that everything that happened before NO LONGER MATTERS. What matters now is that today, you have the knowledge of who you are and where you want to go. The ability to change your life is within your grasp and your power.

Today, you have the chance to begin a journey that leads to some amazing and incredible years ahead. The best part about it is that you only need to take small steps in the right direction. So take action now – your dreams are waiting for you!

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Couple Entrepreneurs: How to Make It Happen With Your Partner



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Have you always dreamed of having success as an entrepreneur? Thoughts of working for yourself, doing things you’re passionate about, and not worrying about working for someone else may linger in your mind most of the time. If you’re married, there is a chance that your partner has some of the same goals, and that means the two of you could eventually become a pair of successful entrepreneurs who motivate one another, continually work hard, and reach all kinds of goals that will get you both further in life.


How to Make It Work


Although you may like the idea of becoming a successful entrepreneur while your partner does the same, it’s not uncommon to have some concerns about the situation. You may worry that you’re both going to take on too much and not have enough time for one another, but that isn’t always the case. It’s all about prioritizing work, setting a schedule, and being there to support one another through the ups and downs that will eventually occur.


Before working together to achieve goals, sit down and have a full conversation about the goals you’d like to achieve and the role you’ll each take on. Both of you will need to come to an agreement to keep work and the relationship separately while being respectful to one another. You can’t expect to have success with your partner if neither of you are respecting one another or collectively sharing ideas. You’ll need to focus on communication and compromising at times to make things work on a long-term basis.


Prime Examples of Successful Entrepreneur Couples


If you’re in need of motivation and encouragement because you’re not sure how to get your start in a specific industry with your partner, it may be best for you to learn a bit more about some of the successful entrepreneur couples out there. These couples work hard to achieve their goals and they support one another in various business ventures. They put forth the effort that is required of them to consistently achieve their goals.


Chris Sacca is a successful billionaire who once was fired from a job as a lawyer and then moved on to Google where had more opportunities to learn, invest, and become the success he is today. He is now the owner of a successful venture capital fund, known as Lowercase Capital. Although he’s had much success in his career, Chris Sacca’s wife, Crystal English Sacca, is a successful entrepreneur in her own right. She’s spent most of her career creating compelling and engaging commercials as well as digital advertisements for various companies. She’s worked for several of the most popular brands, including Sprint and HBO. In addition to these accomplishments, she works as an art director. While these two individuals aren’t doing the same things, they’re a married couple supporting one another while they each work hard to achieve their own personal goals.


In addition to Chris Sacca and his wife, Stewart and Lynda Resnick are another good example of a successful entrepreneur power couple. They currently have a net worth of 3.9 billion dollars. So, what is it that they’re selling? There is a good chance you’ve consumed at least one of the many products they own and distribute, such as Fiji Water or Halos oranges. The pair met when Lynda started her own ad agency and was assisting Stewart with a project for the business he was running at that time. Over time, they started working collectively together to invest and sell assorted products to the public, many of which are naturally good for human consumption.


Do What You Love and Respect One Another


There are plenty of entrepreneur couples out there. Some are just getting started while others have been in business for decades and continue to achieve a high level of success. Although you may be focused on figuring out your passion and what you want to do to get further in life while making a decent income, it’s important to understand that it’s possible for you to achieve the same level of success as some of these people who are earning millions of dollars each year. Most people don’t become a success overnight but figuring out what you want to do and how you’re going to make it happen is a great way to get started.


In addition to figuring out what you’d love to do for the rest of your life, you’ll need to remember to always respect your partner throughout the process. The thing about these successful couples is that they’re willing to provide support and guidance, they know how to communicate, and they believe in one another. If you don’t have respect, trust, and support in the relationship, it’s going to be difficult to have success as entrepreneurs together.


If you’ve always dreamed of running your own business with your partner by your side, it’s not a dream that is too farfetched. In fact, there are lots of successful couples that are working hard, reaching goals, and living the life they’ve always dreamed of having.

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