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3 Built-In Tools for Managing Your Time and Relationships on Facebook

3 Built-In Tools for Managing Your Time and Relationships on Facebook

Facebook has three features that help you manage both time and relationships in your business. They are relatively new features that can completely transform the way you use Facebook.

These features are Search, Save, and Stop.

Business is about people, and your ability to find information about people who matter in your business is important. These features help you do exactly that.

1. The Save Feature

Have you ever been on your newsfeed reading something when all of a sudden, the newsfeed jumps as it updates, and you lost what you were reading? This happens to me daily, then I have to waste time scrolling to find that same post.

Have you ever seen a post in your newsfeed that you wanted to explore? Maybe it was a video or an article, but the timing wasn’t right to check it out.

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The save feature can help in these two situations. With millions of posts being shared each day, it is often hard to consume what you want, when you want. But with the save feature, you can easily find and read any post. To use the feature, click the drop down arrow on the top right side of the post and select “Save”.

For example, let’s say I see an article like the one below that Leah shared and I want to read it but don’t have time. Let’s pretend Leah is a customer or prospect of mine, and paying attention to what she shares matters to me as a business owner because I want to interact more with her and support what she shares. But out of integrity, I don’t want to engage until I have read the whole article.

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    Once you have time in your day’s schedule, you can access all the items you saved on your Facebook homepage on the left of your profile (facebook.com/saved). You will be directed to another page where every piece of saved content is listed.

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      Once you’re done with a saved item, you can click the “x” in the corner and delete it from the list.

      What can you do with these saved items? You can share this curated list with your own followers on your business or personal page, or you can engage in the original post by leaving a comment. Saving prevents you from getting lost down a rabbit hole and losing 30 minutes to Facebook when you really only logged in to reply to a message someone sent you.

      Now that you have a great tool to collect and share content, you may run into another rabbit hole…the never-ending stream of Facebook notifications.

      2. The Stop Feature

      If you are part of any Facebook group that has a high level of activity, your engagement on a single post by commenting can risk you having handfuls upon handfuls of notifications on your profile, letting you know who else commented and what they had to say.

      You may even find yourself asking if you really want to comment because of having to deal with all the notifications that come afterwards.

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      The stop feature allows you to stop notifications for a single post. Whether you post the content yourself or you commented on someone else’s post, you can click the drop down arrow and turn off notifications.

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        This will stop all notifications on that particular post so you no longer get emails or those little red notifications at the top of Facebook. If you really do want to know what people are saying, use the save feature and come back to it later.

        3. The Search Feature

        This feature is a little more advanced but very important for business owners using Facebook.

        Imagine that your client, Joanne, posted an amazing article that you wanted to share, but when you go to her profile you realize that she is a content posting machine. You search and search her profile feed but you just cannot find what you are looking for. Yet you’re sure she posted it just a few days ago.

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        If you type in the word “Joanne” and a keyword that relates to the piece of content you are looking for into the search box, you can find that exact piece.

        You can also use the search feature with just keywords to find people in your network who are actually looking for your services.

        Facebook may very well become the new Google for finding the things that people you are connected to share!

        How do you see Search and Save helping you to connect better with people?

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        Last Updated on June 22, 2018

        How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

        How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

        Debt is never a fun thing to be in. But, there are many actions that you can take that will help you rid yourself of the burden of debt once and for all.

        By coming up with a set plan, eliminating your debt can feel much easier than constantly thinking about it.

        This post will provide some tips on how you can do this to help you nix your credit card debt in less than 3 years.

        Hint: there are ways that are easier than you think.

        1. Consider consolidating multiple credit cards if possible

        This may not be applicable to you, but if you have multiple cards – it is something to consider. Keeping up with multiple bills is time consuming.

        It will depend on the balance you have on each. Consolidate ones you can but do not do it to the point that you get too close to the maximum limit. Also, it is ideal to pick the card with the lower interest rate.

        Consider if there are any fees or alternatively, rewards, with transferring a balance to another card. Watch out for fees. Note that some cards offer rewards for transferring a balance to them. This is extra cash that can help go towards paying off your debt.

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        Having one or two cards can make nixing your debt much simpler than keeping up with the balance of a bunch of cards. Keeping track of paying the minimum towards a bunch of cards is time consuming. Spend the time to consolidate instead to make the overall process simpler going forward.

        My tip: Have one main credit card. Have a second one that you use for necessities – such as groceries or gas – that offers rewards for those purchases (a lot of cards do) and set the second one on auto-pay. You should be able to pay off a smaller amount on auto-pay if it is a necessity. If you think you cannot, then you may need to cut down a lot on expenses.

        Why do I suggest doing this? Having one thing set to auto-pay is one less thing to think about. One less thing to waste time on. Same idea with consolidating to one main card. Tracking down too many is a hassle.

        2. Try to pay the full balance you spent each month at the very least

        You need to pay off the amount you are spending each month when that bill comes in. This is the amount you spent THAT month.

        Do not let the debt keep accruing while you work on paying any unpaid debt that has accrued. It will become a never-ending battle. Try as best as you can to be current on paying for each month’s expenses when that month’s bill comes out.

        If this is a strain, consider why. You may need to cut expenses. Or you may need to consider other cards. Or look at where this money is going.

        3. Pay extra when you can – every small amount counts

        This cannot be emphasized enough. If you are looking at a lot of credit card debt, it can look daunting, but each extra amount that you can put towards the debt will really add up – no matter how small it is.

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        It does not just reduce the principal amount that you have left to pay off, but it reduces the amount that is collecting interest. You will always save money with that reduced interest.

        4. Create a plan on how to pay extra

        Back to the main point, having this plan is giving you one less thing to think about.

        This plan should be a plan that works for you. If it does not work for you, your spending habits, and your views on debt, then it will not be an effective plan.

        For instance, if a set plan of an extra $50 (or another amount that you know you can afford) works for you, then do that. Set that aside every month and pay that extra amount. Treat it like a bill. Choose an amount that works for you and pay it like clockwork as though it was a bill you had to pay each month.

        Little amounts will not nix it entirely, but they will help tackle it and having a set plan can make it less of a chore. Creating a new plan of how much to put towards it each month is an unnecessary added stress.

        5. Cut out costs for services you do not use

        If you are signed up for subscriptions that you do not use because of some free trial or for some other reason, cut it out. Your overall financial position will look better.

        In turn, that will make cutting your credit card debt easier. Look at your statements to find these expenses. If you do not use them, you may forget you are paying some unnecessary amount each month. Cutting it out can really add up in savings that you can put towards other needed expenses.

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        6. Get aggressive about it

        Consider these points:

        Depending on the interest and the level of debt, you may need to give up a few indulgences. For example, instead of ordering delivery or going out to eat, cook at home. Everything adds up.

        Other things may be more of a sacrifice. It may be a trip you wanted to go on, or a daily latte habit you’ve picked up. In these instances, consider how important it is to you and if it’s worth the sacrifice. And if it is a costly expense, think whether you can wait to indulge.

        Cutting an extravagant expense can really help make a dent in your overall debt. Try not to add to debt when you are trying to pay it off. It will be a never-ending battle. Make it less of a battle with these tips and it will feel easier.

        Bottom line: Do what you can to make this process easier for you. Implement steps that do this. It takes time now, but will help overall. Also, keep track of your spending and paying down of your debts. Which is the next point.

        7. Reevaluate your progress at set intervals

        Doing a regular check-in can help you see your efforts pay off or maybe indicate that you need to give this a bit more effort. If you check every 3-6 months, it will not feel so much like a chore or feel so daunting.

        By doing this, you will be able to better understand your progress and perhaps readjust your plan. Bonus: if you see it pay off, it will feel great to do this check-in. You will get there.

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        Finally (and most importantly)…

        8. Keep trying

        Do not get discouraged. Pushing it off will make it worse. Just keep trying.

        Once your debt becomes lower, each monthly payment will reduce the balance more. Why? You are paying less towards interest. It will be a snowball effect eventually and it will become much easier to manage. Just get to that point. And know once you do, it will feel easier and motivating.

        Start knocking out your debt today

        The best way to eliminate debt is to get started right away. Begin by implementing the above steps and watch your debt just melt away. Try out some of the above strategies and see what works best for you. Soon you’ll be on your way to a debt free life.

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