As a social media marketer and strategist, I never miss a day without logging in to the world’s most crowded and busiest social networking site – Facebook. I promote my websites and blogs on Facebook through their fan pages and through my own personal profile and timeline by sharing interesting statuses, links, photos and videos that attract more followers, visitors and audience. Through Facebook, I also regularly keep in touch and connect with my friends from all over the world. I can say that Facebook is a great tool that we can use to promote our business, share our life, and stay connected with our friends 24/7 online. But in every powerful tool lies a great responsibility. And if we lose control of this power, we might found ourselves into breaking our real goals and priorities in life. Yes, I became addicted to Facebook to the extent that it has ruined my daily productivity. I’m just lucky that I enjoy flexibility as a freelancer. However, too much obsession isn’t good for everyone. Thus, if you don’t want to become a Facebook addict, check out the following 31 self-explanatory ways and tips to minimize your Facebook addiction and increase your work rate and productivity.
1. Don’t update your status.
2. Don’t share or upload photos, videos and links.
3. Don’t like your friends’ status and let them mention you.
4. Don’t make a comment or start any discussion on your friends’ status, photos, videos and links.
5. Don’t ask questions.
6. Don’t write a note.
7. Don’t create events and invite your friends.
8. Don’t join groups, create a group and add your friends to that group.
9. Don’t like a page, create your own page and recommend your page to your friends.
10. Don’t add more friends.
11. Don’t confirm more friends; restrict your profile to friend’s requests.
12. Don’t send a message; don’t read a message. Restrict users from sending you messages.
13. Don’t open your chat box and don’t be available for a chat.
14. Don’t make multiple Facebook accounts.
15. Don’t install any Facebook application.
16. Don’t integrate Facebook to your Twitter, blogs, websites and other online spaces.
17. Don’t play any games on Facebook, such as Farmville, Mafia Wars and Pet Society.
18. Don’t join any contest on Facebook.
19. Don’t talk about Facebook outside Facebook or in the offline realm.
20. Make your Facebook password long and difficult to type. Don’t let the computer remember your password so that you can’t easily log in to Facebook.
21. Set and minimize Facebook notifications on your email account.
22. Don’t install Facebook on your smart phones or iPads.
23. Don’t read your friends’ statuses.
24. Don’t open your Facebook account for a week or a month.
25. Have a nice vacation without bringing any connection to Facebook.
26. Be addicted to your important work or business.
27. Go to the gym or jog and run on the track and field stadium.
28. Visit your loved ones instead of broadcasting that you’re missing them on your Facebook status.
29. Meet your friends and enjoy outdoor activities instead of chatting on Facebook.
30. Deactivate your account or dare to delete it.
31. Try to Face-a-book instead.
How about you? What are you doing to reduce your Facebook craving?