Search for more Everyday Power
I want to start by first sharing an “idea” that I have realized at a very early point in my life – you can make absolutely anything in life, but you can’t make time. At least not yet – we have to stay open-minded here right?
Okay, now we know that time is actually the only “currency” in life, so let’s save up on some. According to analysts from Needham who cited comScore data, “monthly active users around the world spend an average of 20+ minutes per day on the social network, liking, commenting, and scrolling through status updates” – reported BusinessInsider.
For those unaware, that’s about 20% of all time online – a huge chunk. And believe it or not guys, most of the people surfing through Facebook are more or less “wasting their time”.
How Do I Stop Wasting Time On Facebook?
I surrounded the term “wasting their time” in quotes because I honestly believe that there is no such thing. In the world we live in, there’s quite simply more effective use of time and less effective use of time. And those differ for each individual.
Why do I think there is no such thing as wasting your time? Because I believe that everything happens for a reason and that you learn from everything that you comprehend – both consciously and subconsciously.
However, again, there are far more time-efficient things to do on Facebook than liking photos, commenting on your regular status update, and scrolling through a news feed filled with “please like me so I can feel better about myself” information.
I’m not gonna lie to you, I was also “wasting a lot of time” on Facebook right up until I started my own business. Then, there was just no time to do that. But, I’m sure you know just how engaging it is to scroll through your friends’ status updates and photos – you just can’t get enough.
And I quickly became aware of that, because I felt that I wasn’t utilizing my time on “the social network” the way a CEO should. So, changes had to be made in order to put my mind at peace. Ergo, the step-by-step process I will share with you that will help you utilize your Facebook time to the absolute maximum – again, in your own context of valuable information.
The Step-By-Step Process to Optimizing Your Time on Facebook
Now, Facebook has a lot, and I mean a lot of information on it. The biggest problem that most people have there (time-wise) is that they don’t know/don’t want to filter the information shown to them.
Most people want to satisfy their “primal” instinct of knowing what their friends are up to and letting them somehow know that they are superior to them. What can I say, it’s Nature.
But Nature has also given us the default feeling of never ever reaching a full point of satisfaction from where you are at in life. It is that same feeling that has helped humanity progress so much so fast.
We have to have more and we have to have it now. Doesn’t matter what it is. This rule applies to everything. I know there are some people who will tell you “I’m perfectly fine with where I am. I got my beach house, I got my wife/husband and my kids, and all I want to do is live in peace”, but what they really feel inside (or will feel inside pretty soon) is that hunger for “more”.
Why am I telling you all this? Well, it’s quite simply because I don’t think that browsing through photos and meaningless status updates will satisfy this hunger you have in you. How is humanity supposed to progress through time if you are “wasting your time” on these less time-efficient activities?
And please don’t tell me the oh-so-well-known “I just don’t have it in me” crap, because it’s probably the stupidest excuse of a person broken by general social programming/current natural selection and afraid to re-program themselves. You have it and it’s in you.
Now that you are feeling those chills running down your spine, let me cool the words a bit and tell you the steps you need to take in order to become more efficient (time-wise) on Facebook. Here goes.
Step #1: Unfollow All of Your Friends Who Share Information Out Of Your Context
Yep, you heard me right. You need to unfollow every single one of your friends who shares the general status updates and selfies. You don’t need them. They are holding you back and at the same time stealing from the one currency you have – time.
I don’t care if it’s your best friend, brother or sister – if they are sharing information out of your context, then you need to unfollow them. But what is this information out of your context?
Basically it is information that you need not know in order to do the things you want/have to do in order to help with the progress of humanity. So if you are a marketer, you’d probably be not interested in content related to plastic surgery for example.
Understand this guys – in life, we can do only so many things, so we don’t have the luxury of doing many things in an average manner. Oh no. We should focus on doing just a few things, but doing them like no one before us has ever done it before. I mean you need to take your craft to a level nobody has ever even thought of before and the only way to do that is to maintain a laser-like focus on that thing that you are innovating, yes that’s the word.
Step #2: Carefully Selecting the Facebook Pages You Like
Again, the same principle as in step one applies – you need to like only pages that provide information in your context and nothing else. I remember back when I first got on Facebook, I used to like page after page just because some of my friends liked it or because I saw some image or quote that fired me up.
So, when I started optimizing my FB news feed, I had a lot of pages to un-like. And so I did. Then I liked only pages that focused on areas I knew I wanted/needed to know more about. For those interested, for me those pages were providing information on business, finance, investing, marketing, and other similar topics.
So there you have it. Now you know that time is the only currency in your mind-wallet and that there’s no such thing as wasting your time – there are just less time-efficient activities and more time-efficient activities in the context of your “target information”.
And based on this fundamental knowledge, you now know how you can, in two simple steps, create a growth-friendly news feed that is the solution to your “I feel like I’m wasting my time on Facebook” problem.
How will you stop wasting time on Facebook?
Tell us in the comment section below.