How To Be Productive On Facebook

How to be Productive on Facebook

Facebook and productivity. Sounds like a paradox. But it needn’t be.

Facebook and social media in general does have down sides. No denying that. Even so, it is a great place to advertise. And because of it’s massive reach, a good place to engage your followers and customers.

I’ll show you one simple strategy I use, to focus and get things done without getting sucked into the vortex.

Ready for it? Here goes…

#1 And Only Rule : Everything on Facebook is a URL

Until I grasped this fundamental fact, getting productive on Facebook was elusive. Why?

Here’s an example. Before, I would access Facebook by going to… Facebook.com. When you’re logged in, that dumps you in your news feed. Bad.

Because each “screen” is a URL, that means you can bookmark them. What you want to do instead, is to bookmark the areas where you work. Here are some of mine:

Ads Manager

Facebook ads

https://www.facebook.com/ads/manage/campaigns/

This puts you in the ad manager for your account. If you manage multiple accounts, switch to the right account in the manager. Then, bookmark that page. Create a bookmark for each account if you need to.

Pages or Apps You Manage

Facebook Pages you manage

Visit each page you own or manage and bookmark them. Another spot you can bookmark is this:

https://www.facebook.com/bookmarks/pages

This is where you get a list of all Pages you manage and could be a quick jumping off point to where you want to go.

Groups You Manage or Want To Engage In

Facebook groups

Do the same as Pages. Visit each group you manage, or want to be involved in. Bookmark them.

Just like Pages, you can also save this URL. It’s like a master list of your groups.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/?category=membership

Messages

Facebook Messages Screen

I do a lot of business right inside Facebook Messages. And so, this is a URL to bookmark.

https://www.facebook.com/messages/

It will take you to the list of messages and default to the last conversation you had. If you always communicate with a few key people, click on their name in the messages screen. Bookmark that instead. This will put you in that conversation without having to sort through and waste time.

You might also want to bookmark the Other messages

https://www.facebook.com/messages/other/

I don’t spend a lot of time here. It is handy whenever a someone says the sent you a message on Facebook and you aren’t friends.

Your Saved Items

Saved items on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/saved/

Since Facebook introduced the Save feature, I’ve been using it a lot. It’s an easy way to store stuff I want to read later. I also save links or tools I want to explore another time, or just good information.

These are not the only things of course, but they are my staples. Yours may be different.

The whole idea is to bypass the news feed and go directly to the place you need to work in.

Avoid using Facebook’s own navigation system which is not the best. After all, they design their navigation for their benefit. Not yours.

By building your own bookmark list, you control where you go, what you want to see. This reduces the chances of getting sidetracked by other conversations irrelevant to your work.

One more thing before we part.

Trim or Hide The Chat Sidebar

The ticker in the sidebar has long been my trap. It shows you who did what. Sometimes it is helpful. I like it when it’s time to wind down and socialize. Not so much during work time.

The solution is to Hide Ticker.

Hide Facebook Chat Ticker

If you don’t want to see the sidebar at all – but want to keep chat turned on, then Hide Sidebar. This cleans up the interface a bit so you an focus on the screens you bookmarked earlier.

Hide Facebook Chat Sidebar

Everything I discussed here is for the desktop. That’s because I don’t use their mobile app. I use the phone’s browser to access Facebook and by doing so, I can utilize the same bookmarks to stay focused. If you have tips to share for their app, let us here it below.

7 Comments

  1. Hazel Thornton on February 6, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    I think I’m pretty smart when it comes to getting things done on Facebook. But it never occurred to me to bookmark the pages you mentioned and go directly to them. Brilliant!



    • Lynette on February 8, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      I know exactly what you mean Hazel. When I first realized this. I had to smack myself for not seeing the sheer simplicity of it earlier.



  2. Phill on February 16, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    It’s always the simple solutions that are the best. I anticipated a timer, or web traffic filter setup.

    This year I am commited to making my time more productive and really get the most our of my time- so I can leave each day feeling complete. Thank you for you tip!



    • Lynette on February 18, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      Haha. Yeah I tried blocking tools but they don’t work for me. I’m too much of a rebel. If something is forbidden, I want it more. Some blocking tools are also too restrictive. What if I need to look up something on FB but I’m locked out? That gets me all the time.



  3. Liam on February 24, 2016 at 6:06 am

    “bypass the news feed and go directly to the place you need to work in.” – absolutely right!



  4. jerry on March 9, 2016 at 5:08 am

    indeed it is a mess, i didn’t realize that we don have an option of bookmark and thanks, this tip this will help in clearing the mess now



  5. Alice Bolton on March 16, 2016 at 9:53 am

    This post saves me a lot of time! Thank for the info, Lynette!



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