|What deserves your attention, and what needs to go?|
I think that we can all agree that Facebook can be a huge time-waster. If used properly, Facebook can be a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. But for most of us, Facebook leaves us feeling annoyed, empty, and unhappy.
I wanted to improve my Facebook experience, so I tried to declutter my Facebook feed. I removed the haters, the preachy posters, the people that give me the creeps, and the braggers. It really improved my time on Facebook. Now I can enjoy catching up with friends and family without having to filter out the yucky stuff.
Here are some guidelines I used to improve my Facebook experience:
1. I unfriended anyone whose name I didn’t recognize. I went through a phase of becoming Facebook friends with almost everyone I met. Now, I have no idea who these people are. They probably don’t know who I am either, so the unfriending is probably either unnoticed or welcomed.
2. I unfriended anyone I’ve never really talked to.I’m friends with people from high school that I’m not sure I ever had a conversation with. I’m really unclear as to why we are Facebook friends. I probably thought it would be a good idea to ask them to be friends back in 2007. Now it’s just weird. There are a few “friends” who I don’t know very well that always interact with me on Facebook. I kept them as Facebook friends because they are nice.
3. I didn’t unfriend family or old friends. Even if I really wanted to. However, if they are really annoying posters, I unfollowed them so they don’t show up in my feed anymore.
4. Anytime someone posts a picture of their dinner, an article trying to convince everyone that their point of view is right, or a video that’s disturbing, I unfollow them. Really good friends and family are an exception to this rule.
5. If someone starts selling stuff I don’t want/need, and it starts to take over my Facebook feed, I unfollow them. Again, friends and family are the exception.
6. If someone is harassing someone else in comments, I unfollow them or maybe even unfriend them. Less drama, less stress.
7. If I find that someone’s Facebook posts are irritating in some other way, I either unfriend them or unfollow them. I know it’s a tad picky to unfriend or unfollow based on being irritated, but that’s what I’m doing.
8. I created a separate Facebook account for The Beautiful Useful Project. I wanted to separate my personal account from my blog.
9. I try to only check my personal Facebook account on Fridays. And, I stay on Facebook for 30 minutes max. This has gotten harder to do because I’ve been selling some of my things on Facebook, and I use my personal account for that. I’m also part of a local Facebook group that has really good advice about our area (that we just moved to). If I get an email notification about something I need to attend to or truly want to look at, I’ve been making an exception to the Facebook Friday rule.
I really like having the option to unfollow people, because it’s a way to remove their stuff from my feed without possibly hurting their feelings. Some of the ideas above might seem a little bit harsh, but it’s really all about deciding who and what you want to influence your daily life. It’s about deciding what truly deserves your attention, and what needs to go.
Have you decluttered your Facebook feed? How did it go?
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