Is FaceBook interfering with your ability to get things done?
What type of FaceBook checker are you?
- Actually making a conscious decision, having the thought, and deciding to go on FaceBook (not me)
- Finding yourself on FaceBook, without actually making a choice, and not really sure why you are there. (me)
If you fall into category 1, you can stop reading now. If you are like me, and fall into category 2, keep reading!
What I found was,
- I did not remember taking a decision that I should go on FaceBook
- I was not really sure what I was checking, just mindless scrolling
- Even though I may have checked a few minutes ago, and not much could have changed, I found myself back on FaceBook
- Repeat point 3, and
- Repeat point 3!
Check it out for yourself during the day, and note how many times you have been on Facebook and for how long each time, it might surprise you.
What also might surprise you, is when and where you are checking Facebook, it could be
- In a meeting
- Having lunch
- While talking to someone else on the phone
- Driving (not good – not legal.)
- In bed at night instead of sleeping,
- During the night when you wake up
- With your partner
- On a date
- School, work
- In a bathroom
Pretty much, anywhere where you are, you can find yourself on FaceBook. That’s a lot of your day gone, checking the same stuff.
Here’s what I found out about myself.
When I sat down to work, like I am doing now, writing this article on FaceBook, it would take an eternity, as I was getting mindlessly distracted. I discovered I would write for a short while, and then find myself on FaceBook, or checking emails, or other things that kept me from doing what I wanted to do (but that’s another post.)
I returned to writing, and would inevitably find myself back on FaceBook. Eventually I decided enough is enough.
I am not anti-FaceBook, I really like what FaceBook can offer me. If have friends and family on the other side of the world and through FaceBook I stay connected and feel part of their lives.
I decided that I had got to the stage, where I should decide when and how to use FaceBook in my life, as opposed to the mindless scrolling (and aching in my hand and wrist!)
And the results were worth the effort. I now write distraction free. This post that I am writing for you now, is part of my new streamlined workflow. Personally I write the post first on OneNote, and have it set full screen, so all I have in my line of vision, is the text. No alerts from email, FaceBook or anything else can pop up. It is just me and the words.
Phone and other devices, are on silent and in another room – now I just write.
If you decide to do the same, in order to make it as painless as possible (and it can be a little anxiety provoking) you need to decide if it is just a habit, or an addiction.
Quick and dirty differentiation between an addiction and a habit.
With a habit you are the boss. You choose (although I will come back to this) to go on FaceBook, and if you choose to limit your time, you can do so relatively easily.
With an addiction, FaceBook is the boss. You will experience some distressing symptoms, should you decide to limit your time on FaceBook, and may not be able to do so, without some help from others.