How to Stop Wasting Time on Facebook!

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How to Stop Wasting Time on Facebook
by christopherjanb

I think I have a problem.

I spend too much time on Facebook. I find myself constantly opening a new tab and the first letter I would hit would be “F”. Does that sound familiar to you?

While that may sound okay, it’s not. I was killing tons of productive time that I could have spent getting work done.

Today, I am happy to share the secret of saving time on Facebook.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d want to get more results from Facebook and spend less time there.

According to a study by Vertical Response, the following stats are a very insightful.

One third of CEOs and business owners want to spend less time on social media.
90% of those are on Facebook
15% of these people log into Facebook several times a day.

You can imagine how tough it is to run a business and maintaining an active Facebook presence. How can all of us follow the 80/20 rule and still achieve remarkable results on giant platforms like Facebook?

In order to do that, we have to understand where we’re spending too much time. Based on the insights provided by Vertical Response, the top three ways people were wasting their time on were:

Finding & posting content
Learning and educating themselves
Analyzing efforts

Here are my 4 top tips on how to stop wasting time on Facebook.

1. Get rid of distractions
There are two ways you can avoid distractions.

Less Extreme: Log out
Logging out is not a very extreme method and is quite easy to do. However, it doesn’t solve the issue completely because you won’t be able to get all your work done if you need to use Facebook.

The problem with this method is you won’t be able to get any work on Facebook done.

Pretty Extreme: Delete newsfeed
The pretty extreme method is the method that I chose for myself, which was to delete my newsfeed. I use newfeed eradicator.

That way I could focus on getting work done like finding content and educating yourself (using lists, bookmarks, etc). Since only my newsfeed disappears, I can still manage my Facebook page presence and respond to people easily.

2. Schedule content in advance
If you want to save more time, you have to schedule in advance. Facebook has a great built in feature that allow business owners to easily schedule their posts.

That way you can plan ahead to make more time in your week.

You can easily do this in one sitting and actually schedule a week worth of content. Use the spare time you have saved to focus more on responding to customers or educating yourself.

This keeps you focused and you won’t miss a day without posting any content.

3. Get the right tools
I was just speaking to a business owner the other day, not only is he managing his company, he is managing his company presence on Facebook too. He told me it was tough to find the right balance. Tools can help because they help the hard work for you. Take Post Planner for example. Besides helping you schedule content, some of its features include:

Status ideas: Over 13,000+ status to chose from.
Viral photo: Easily find the most viral photos from any pages to share.
Trending Content: Search the hottest topics by key terms.
Post Planner is built to help find and schedule content within a few clicks so you won’t need to worry about your content for weeks.

Scott Ayers singlehandedly finds and adds over 2-3 weeks of content for our Post Planner’s Facebook page in one sitting. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the amount of content that we post daily.

4. Use Facebook features
Facebook do have some great built-in features that you can use to save tons of time without killing productivity. Here are some of my favourite features from them.

a. Lists
Lists allow you to follow pages without worrying about the effects of newsfeed algorithm. This means you go into Facebook and focus on the news that you want to follow. No, your friend’s cute puppies should not be in that list.

b. Facebook’s Save
“Saving” is a new feature from Facebook that allows you to save articles that you find interesting. All you have to do is click save and head over to to your home page to view them later.

c. Favorite
Marking your favorite pages can save you time because you won’t need to constantly check your newsfeed and worrying you’ll miss its posts. When you add a page to your favorites, it will notify you when the pages are updated.

Summing up
So you see, using Facebook can be productive for your business. It’s not a time sucker and you don’t always have to waste your time when you are on Facebook. Using these tips you can easily focus your effort without stressing yourself about it.

What do you do?
How do you save time on Facebook and still maintaining an active presence? Look forward to hearing about your tips and insights in the comments below

Free LinkedIn webinar for business success
A few months back I held a webinar with Alex where he shared the 3-steps to LinkedIn mastery and how he’s used this system to achieve the results mentioned above. The feedback pouring in ever since has been nothing less than incredible.

Unfortunately a lot of people were not able to make it to the webinar due to time zone differences. So we’ve decided to hold another session.

If you want to learn more about how to leverage LinkedIn effectively, Alex and I are running another FREE webinar this week.

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11 Facebook Power Tips

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11 Power Tips To Increase Your Facebook Engagement
by christopherjanb

Facebook has over 800 million daily users.

As an entrepreneur, you have a fantastic opportunity to leverage it by sharing your story, building business, and having fun keeping up with friends and family – all in one place!

You visit Facebook before you go to meet, hire, or date someone, so it is pretty safe to assume they are doing the same. Your personal brand is represented in each and every post you make. So how do you put your best authentic self out there for the world to get to know you? How do you engage on the worlds biggest social network to attract ideal clients and build your business?

Here are 11 tips to increase your Facebook engagement,

1. Fill out your “about me” section
I have lost count of how many times I’ve gone to Facebook to find an email or phone number of a “friend” and had to do a web search. Ugh. (Yes, you can send a private message on Facebook, but many people never check that inbox!) SO FILL IT OUT.

Pretend you are a potential customer visiting your profile to find out more about you. Is your contact info filled out? Do you have your current business listed and connected to that business page?

2. Create lists… and USE THEM!
Stop the madness of wading through the epic news feed every time you visit Facebook and laser focus on the people you really want to engage with. Creating lists allows you to filter the Facebook stream. This tip alone will save you HOURS of time every month.

Some suggested list names:

Key Champions
Personal Friends
Influencers* (details in #7)
Here is the direct resource to create lists:

3. Pay attention to your tone
Just make sure you are not a Pollyanna or Eeyore.

Review your last 11 posts. What is the tone? Do they represent you? Are you only posting about unicorns and rainbows, or complaining about your hard knock life? Too much of either isn’t ideal. Ask yourself – would I want to work with the person represented here? Adjust, as needed.

4. Don’t just preach… be visual.
People want to be inspired to work with you. The most efficient way to do that is to share your personal brand and story VISUALLY.

There are 3 elements to consider:

Sharing Core Values
If adventure is a core value, be sure to post photos of your travels or weekend hikes. If family is, post pics of the soccer game, ballet recitals, game night, etc.

Share Your Passions
Posting photos of things you love to do will definitely attract ideal clients. You’ll become a magnet for those who share your passions and you can infuse them into your business process! Passionate about wine? Your closing gifts become wine you blend during the annual client soiree you host at the local winery your clients own. Get the idea?

Share Your Purpose
If your purpose is to inspire greatness in others, share uplifting quotes. If it’s teaching, share posts to educate others. Love connecting people? Post photos of you connecting friends in real life, or post introductions on their timeline where others can see them.

5. Engage with purpose
Engaging with purpose and being memorable involves connecting and igniting emotion in others. Leave a little “hello” on a friend’s timeline or post an article or quote that reminds you of him/her. Make it a habit to connect, like this, with 3+ people a day. Start doing this for people on your Key Champions list (#2) and then branch out!

6. Check your “OTHER” messages
If someone isn’t friends with you, they may want (or be forced) to send you a direct message. The problem is, these usually end up in your OTHER inbox. Add a reminder to your calendar to check it periodically.

You will find interesting personal notes in there too. On those days you need a good chuckle, or boost, popping in here is always a good option.

7. Follow influencers
Do you have someone you admire, but are not close enough to be “friends”? These could be local leaders, business owners, authors, etc. You can follow their public status’, like their business page, and add them to your “influencer” list. This allows you to keep up to date and engaged, without being directly connected.

8. Create a Facebook group
This is an incredible way to build community and business for yourself and others. My business focuses on women entrepreneurs and brands that serve them, so I created a group for “power women”. There are hundreds in this community who engage. They are encouraged to share their own blog posts, things that inspire, or topics that get them fired up. To get a group rolling, here are some great activities to infuse:

Ask Questions: Not sure what they want to talk about – ask them!
Host and Post Events: whether you are hosting a virtual webinar, Google Hangout, or an in person happy hour – you can use the group to rally attendance.
Encourage Introductions: ask everyone to share who they are, what they are passionate about, their biz, etc. You can spark conversations/connections by sharing details of each member when they join.
9. Progressive power of Facebook engagement
Tap into the progressive power.

Think about how it feels when YOU post an update and wait for the first LIKE. When it happens you feel good. That is amplified when someone makes a COMMENT and it brings joy when someone SHARES your post. So, do that for someone else – every single day.

10. Make your mark
Always add a little extra to delight your world, make people feel special, and leave a mark they won’t easily forget!

Sharing a quote? Take time and make a visual with “your style”. Use an app like Instaquote to create something on the go, or use to create your own Facebook quote template. In other words, don’t be boring. If you are going to post something that represents #4, make it memorable.

11. Review. Refine. Repeat.
Now that are posting with purpose, make sure you have a goal in mind. These are the three main post types and the effect of each:

Status Updates = Comments
Links = Click Through (use a service like or to create a track-able URL)
Photo/Video = Likes & Shares
Now, not every update you post on Facebook needs to be tracked. However, paying attention to engagement on posts related to sharing your values, passions, purpose, and blog will help make your time more impactful. Review what type of posts sparks the most engagement; then do more of those!

In a nutshell
A bit of focus, planning, and sharing your story will fire up your Facebook engagement to another level and help you achieve your goals… all while being authentically you!

Do you have something you do on Facebook to elevate your engagement or accelerate your entrepreneurial goals?

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