31 Day Challenge · Living

Looking Up to be a Blessing {Day 12}

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

I have my last batch of tips to share that have helped me control my time on Facebook. It really has been a wonderful thing breaking the mindless habit of scrolling my news feed, checking it over and over again, and wasting tons of time! Again, I’m thankful for God’s grace helping me in this endeavor and I am certain this “no scroll” thing won’t just be a month long thing.

I’ve mentioned taking the Facebook notifications off of my phone, utilizing the save function on Facebook, and signing up to get notifications from friends on Facebook.

Here are a couple more things that are helping me that may help you too!

4. Utilize outside websites to keep up with pictures

This tip I came across accidentally, but it’s a really cool one! I was trying to find a website to edit some pictures and came across Pixable. Turns out Pixable is not a photo editing website, but it has turned out to be helpful. Just about everyday I get an email with several pictures that are some of the top pictures in my Facebook network. I connected to Pixable through my Facebook account so it has access to pictures and info and all of that. (I know that some folks aren’t comfortable with all of that, so just wanted to put that upfront.) So, without having to scroll my new feed I can still see some of the cute pictures my friends are posting. Visit pixable.com and connect with your Facebook account if you want to take advantage of this!

5. Just check the top things on your home page

I will check my Facebook page occasionally through the day simply to check notifications, messages, and be up to date on friends birthdays, and all of those things are on the top right corner of my home page. So, I will quickly glance there and then move on with my day. Everything that I want to check to make my time on Facebook intentional can be done in just a few moments. There is no need to scan and scroll my news feed to be using Facebook in a way that is beneficial. It’s a simple thing, but one that takes some time to get used to. It’s so easy to just scan away but with a little bit of time and practice it gets easier to just check the top items and not scan everything else (and thus waste time!).

So that will do it for my tips and tools for how to control Facebook and not let it control you. So far these things have really helped me out and have kept me from falling into wasting tons of time during my day. As a reminder though, I can give you tips and tools all day long, but without a little bit of self-control these things will be useless. We are all prone to temptation in different areas, and if wasting time on Facebook is one of your temptations then ask the Lord to give you the self-control that you need to overcome it. Self-control is one of the fruits of the Spirit, and I know He is happy to give us more of that when we ask!

Blessings to you as you strive to make better use of your time and not be controlled by mindless scrolling! 🙂

~Heather

**I would love to hear if you use any of these tips or if you have any other tips to share!** 

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