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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?

        Featured photo credit: Mans Hands Woking On Laptop And Smartphone With Coffee/Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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        Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

        Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

        Bristol is the most congested city in England. Whenever I have to work at the office, I ride there, like most of us do. Furthermore, I always make sure to go at off hours; otherwise, the roads are jam-packed with cars, buses, bikes, even pedestrians. Why is that? Because everyone is working a traditional 9 to 5 work day.

        Where did the “9 to 5” Come From?

        It all started back in 1946. The United States government implemented the 40 hour work week for all federal employees, and all companies adopted the practice afterwards. That’s 67 years with the same schedule. Let’s think about all the things that have changed in the 67 years:

        • We went to the moon, and astronauts now live in space on the ISS.

        • Computers used to take up entire rooms and took hours to make a single calculation. Now we have more powerful computers in our purses and back pockets with our smartphones.

        • Lots of employees can now telecommute to the office from hundreds, and even thousands of miles away.

        In 1946 a 9-5 job made sense because we had time after 5pm for a social life, a family life. Now we’re constantly connected to other people and the office, with the Internet, email on our smartphones, and hashtags in our movies and television shows. There is no downtime anymore.

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        Different Folks, Different Strokes

        Enjoying your downtime is an important part of life. It recharges your batteries and lets you be more productive. Allowing people to balance life and work can provide them with much needed perspective and motivation to see the bigger picture of what they are trying to achieve.

        Some people are just more productive when they’re working at their optimal time of day, after feeling well rested and personally fulfilled.  For some that can be  from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m; for others, it could be  2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

        People have their own rhythms and routines. It would be great if we could sync our work schedule to match. Simply put, the imposed 8-hour work day can be a creativity and morale killer for the average person in today’s world.

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        Productivity and Trust Killer

        Fostering creativity among employees is not always an easy endeavor, but perhaps a good place to start is by simply not tying their tasks and goals to a fixed time period. Let them work on their to-do list at their own pace, and chances are, you’ll get the best out of your employee who feels empowered instead of babysat.

        That’s not to say that you should  allow your team to run wild and do whatever they want, but restricting them to a 9 to 5 time frame can quickly demoralize people. Set parameters and deadlines, and let them work at their own creative best with the understanding that their work is crucial to the functioning of the entire team.

        Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur who previously worked in broadcasting, noted to Inc that from her experience, “treating employees like grown-ups made it more likely that they would behave the same way.” The principle here is to have your employees work to get things done, not to just follow the hands on the clock.

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        A Flexible Remote Working Policy

        Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer famously recalled all her remote workers, saying she wanted to improve innovation and collaboration, but was that the right decision? We’ve all said that we’re often more productive in a half day working from home than a full day working in the office, right? So why not let your employees work remotely from home?

        There are definitely varying schools of thought on remote working. Some believe that innovation and collaboration can only happen in a boardroom with markers, whiteboards and post-it notes and of course, this can be true for some. But do a few great brainstorms trump a team that feels a little less stressed and a little more free?

        Those who champion remote working often note that these employees are not counting the clock, worried about getting home, cooking dinner or rushing through errands post-work. No one works their 9-5 straight without breaks here and there.  Allowing some time for remote working means employees can handle some non-work related tasks and feel more accomplished throughout the day. Also, sometimes we all need to have a taste of working in our pajamas, right?

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        It’ll be interesting to see how many traditional companies and industries start giving their employees more freedom with their work schedule. And how many end up rescinding their policies like Yahoo did.

        What are your thoughts of the traditional 9-5 schedule and what are you doing to help foster your team’s productivity and creativity? Hit the comments and let us know.

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