31 Day Challenge · Living

Looking Up to be a Blessing {Day 10}

**Read the beginning of the series and find all the other posts here!**

The last days of our trip down to Louisiana were amazing, and jam packed with fun and family! And, they proved to be a little too much to continue with faithfully posting on this 31 day journey! (And my goodness! It’s taken me a long to readjust to being back home!) But, I have really enjoyed this blogging challenge, so I’m going to jump back in! I do think I should retitle the whole thing and call it “Looking Up to be a Blessing and to be Blessed,” because that’s certainly what’s happened!

I was just chatting with my husband about how this “no scroll” thing on Facebook was going, and I have to say, it’s been great! I’m surprised with how easy it’s been to not scan and waste time scrolling on my news feed, and even more surprised that I don’t miss it and really don’t do it much at all anymore. I see a change in my desires and in my awareness of the preciousness of time, and for that I am so thankful for this challenge!

Before I jump back in to sharing how the time is going and how I am blessing (and being blessed!), I wanted to share a few tips that I have found to make Facebook more intentional and less of an abyss of time wasting.

What are some of the reasons that you love Facebook? Is it being able to connect with friends and family that are near and far? Do you like reading encouraging articles (or watching funny videos!) that people have found and shared. What about seeing pictures, being reminded of people’s birthdays (I’m terrible about that!), and getting to share with others what’s going on in your life. These are all the reasons that I love Facebook and reasons I feel are redeeming qualities for having a Facebook account. But even with these things it’s easy to let time get away, and in a sense, get sucked in.

There are a few tricks that I have found to let me enjoy all the redeeming things about Facebook so that I can control my use of it, and not let it control me! 

For the rest of this week I am going to share these tips with you so that you can start controlling your time on Facebook too! I’ll start with the thing that has helped me the most…

1. Turn off the push notifications on your phone. 

This one little change has helped me so much in fighting to be careful with my time on Facebook. Before, when I would see the little number light up next to the Facebook app on my phone I would quickly check it out and then be tempted to scan my news feed. Not having them show up on my phone now helps me to only check for notifications when I have some free moments and when I can mentally prepare myself to only check the notifications and not fall into scrolling and wasting time.

If you have an iPhone, and want to turn off your notifications, follow these steps:

-Go to settings
-Go to “Notification Center”
-Scroll down until you see the Facebook App and tap it
-Tap the option that says “None”

After these steps you should no longer receive notifications that show up on your phone tempting you to just check Facebook real quick. (Because we all know that “real quick” isn’t always real quick!) I am not sure of the steps for smart phones other than iPhones, but I am sure it is similar and can be done. (I am also still using iOS 7, so I’m not sure if the steps are different for the latest update for iPhones.)

Making one small change like this can really make an impact! So, if you struggle with being on Facebook too much, I would highly suggest you trying this trick!

More tips and tricks to control your Facebook usage tomorrow!

~Heather

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