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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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        Last Updated on March 23, 2021

        Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

        Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

        One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

        The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

        You need more than time management. You need energy management

        1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

        How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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        I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

        I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

        2. Determine your “peak hours”

        Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

        Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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        My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

        In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

        Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

        3. Block those high-energy hours

        Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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        Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

        If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

        That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

        There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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        Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

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