Are you Addicted to Facebook?

Written By John Richards on Friday, August 17, 2012 | 7:34 AM

Are you Addicted to Facebook?Are you addicted to Facebook? Do you have Facebook friends you've never met? When you meet someone, do you immediately connect with them on Facebook? Do you spend a lot of time planning your posts and profile page? Do you feel restless when you can't check your Facebook or let down if you have no new notifications? You may be addicted to the social networking site. Ask yourself whether Facebook has started to interfere your work, school, and social life. If your answer is yes, then it's time to put a stop to your addiction.

mm-300-quit-keyboard-shutterstock1. Define your goals.
Facebook is great for a lot of things. It can help you stay connected and share details of your life with family and friends and discover what they are up to. You can use Facebook to promote your business or yourself, if you are self-employed. And let's face it — Facebook is fun. Coupled with the prospect of meeting new people, its games and apps are valid reasons to sign on.
Ask yourself what you what to use Facebook for or why you set up the account in the first place. Has your usage changed from that initial reason? The problem begins when you start using Facebook for all the aforementioned things (and more) instead of picking one. This all-inclusive use creates a muddle of information until the site becomes a time-zapper for you.
Personal updates would be more appropriate than advertisements for your company's next sale if you're trying to stay connected with family and friends. If your focus is business networking, then posting pictures of your latest family gathering might appear unprofessional. In the same way, constant updates from games like CityVille might work against your networking attempts. Once you have set a Facebook goal for yourself, stick to it. This makes Facebook work for you and helps streamline your time on the network.#

2. Limit your time.
Once you've set your Facebook goals, decide how much time you'll spend on Facebook.
Many of us who have tried to limit our time on our own, with the best of intentions, have failed to keep our time down. Programs like StayFocusd (download StayFocusd for Google Chrome) can help keep you on track. An extension for Google Chrome, StayFocusd allows you to restrict your time for specific websites. Indicate how much time you can spend on a particular website; once that time has passed, the extension blocks that site on your computer for the rest of the day. If you use StayFocusd, make sure you account for switching computers or Google accounts, so that you aren't cheating yourself out of the benefits of using the tool.

3. Share your goals.
Make Facebook work with you, not against you. Install a Facebook calendar app (like 30 Boxes) that you can use to organize and share your goals and events on the site.
Let your Facebook friends become motivators toward achieving your goals and meeting your deadlines. If you post an event, perhaps someone will ask about it and find out if they can come along, generating interest in what you're doing.
Make your schedule available to your Facebook contacts to help keep you accountable to meet those deadlines and goals. 30 Boxes Calendar is also compatible with several other platforms including Twitter, Blogger, WordPress, Yahoo! Mail, and Google Calendar. A mobile version of the calendar makes it accessible from your phone.

mg 300 pomodoro flickr mlpeixoto4. Take Facebook breaks.
If you've decided that Facebook is your source of entertainment, then be sure to use it as a reward for a job well done (or even just well begun). The Pomodoro Technique incorporates breaks every half-hour and is a great way to maximize time management.
Here's what to do if you decide to try out Pomodoro:
  1. Decide on what task you will work on.
  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes.
  3. Work on the task until the timer rings, then put a check on a sheet of paper.
  4. Take a short break — even if it's only five minutes on Facebook.
  5. Every four cycles, take a break longer than five minutes.
Marking the sheet of paper helps you keep track of your progress. Be sure those short breaks to Facebook remain short! Use the StayFocused clock to help keep you on track.

5. Use Likes as rewards.
When you are finished with your project, use Facebook for positive reinforcement. If you you want input from your friends list, share your work on the site via online business and productivity suite Zoho. With its Facebook app, you can share your documents with your Facebook friends. This will keep you connected with your business networks and help you collaborate on group projects for either work or school.

6. Turn off the computer.
There's a great big world out there beyond the Facebook news feed. You could be doing so many other things with the time you spend browsing everyone's Timeline and waiting for the next status update that pops up. Go out and meet people in person. Begin a new exercise routine, take up a new hobby, or learn a language. Get out there and experience life as generations did for centuries before there ever was a Facebook!

This article was written by By Jo McClelland and originally appeared on Tecca
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