**Read the beginning of the series and find all the other posts here!**
I have another couple of tips to help you control your time on Facebook and not the other way around! Like I mentioned before, I really do believe there are some great things that Facebook offers it’s users, so with a little thinking and work we can make it an intentional tool and not a mindless waster of time!
I’ve already shared my most helpful tool in keeping me from the mindless scrolling on my phone, and now I want to share a couple of tips/tools that you can utilize on Facebook! (Yes, even Facebook can help you keep from wasting your time on Facebook! Awesome!)
(The following ideas are things to use while accessing Facebook from a computer and not from an app on a mobile device.)
2. Sign up to get notifications from close friends and family
Keeping in touch with friends and family is the main reason I love Facebook. I have friends and family all across the US and the world, and Facebook makes them seem a little bit closer. There is a feature that allows me to keep up with what they are doing and get notifications from them. When they post new pictures, articles, and videos, or when they update their status I will see it in my notifications (but remember, I turned the notifications off of my phone, so I have to actually check on Facebook to see what’s going on).
Here is how to do it…
-First, find the friend that you would like to get notifications from.
-When you are on your friend’s page click on the “friends” button.
-The top line says “Get Notifications.” Click there and you are signed up to receive notifications whenever this person posts new things.
One thing to note, you need to be careful not to overload who you get notifications from. The goal is to be intentional with time on Facebook, so I would reserve this for just a few special people. Friends who often share encouraging articles and friends who are updating important life events (babies, traveling, other special things) are just a couple of things to consider when getting notifications from friends. Like I said, the goal is to be intentional so think through who to get notifications from, but keep it a small group so you’re not overwhelmed!
3. Utilize the “Save” function on Facebook
One of the things I mentioned I really love about Facebook are all the encouraging articles that I get to read that friends post. Also, tons of recipes, great ideas for things to do with the kids, and hilarious videos show up on my news feed a lot! When I give myself time in the evenings to scroll on Facebook, or when I get a notification that a friend posted something new, there is an option to save what was posted and come back to it later. This is a newer feature on Facebook and I just love it! Here is how to use it…
-When you come across an interesting article or recipe you want to come back to later (like my friend Lisa’s “Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars here! Yummo!) click on the little icon that is in the top right corner of the post (it looks like a little “v”).
-Once you click on the little icon a drop down menu will appear. Click on the top line that will say “Save” (mine says “Unsave here since I had already saved it!)
Once you click “save” on the article you would like to save, Facebook files it away for you in a wonderful little organized area! It took me a while to figure out how to find where all my saved items were, but I’ve got it down and will share it to save you the trouble!
-Once you are ready to revisit all your saved items start by clicking on the far right icon at the top of your Facebook screen.
-A drop down menu will appear giving you several options. Click on the words “Activity Log.”
-You will next be taken to your Activity Log. From here you can find all kinds of info, but you can access all your saved items with a few more steps.
-On the left hand column will be several things you can click to filter different items.
-Click on the word “more” under the words Photos, Likes, and Comments.
-After clicking “more,” more options will appear.
-The very last option under this section will say “Saved.” Click here and all of the items you have saved will appear, and organized by date! I just love it!
You can come back and read articles, watch videos, and check out that yummy recipe when you have time! Isn’t this a great feature?!? I think it’s awesome!
Both of these tips/tools have helped me to control my usage of Facebook and have made it a much more intentional time. I’m seeking to use my time wisely instead of just scrolling away and wasting the time I have been given.
I’ve got one more post to finish up this little series within a series, so check back here tomorrow! Until then friends…
**Do you have any tips/tools to share in how to control your time online? I’d love to hear!