If you’re like most people, you desire to improve your life in simple ways. We want to learn, to grow and to try new things. Whether it be to exercise more, finishing writing a book, read more, host a party, find a partner, run 5k or travel the world, improving your life is the underlying motivation for many people. We are all on the road to somewhere, and for our busy lives, social media has become the pivot point for connection and input.
The simple steps you can take to improve your life are closer than you think.
Our lives have changed dramatically through the introduction of social media. We’re more connected than ever before. And of all the social platforms available, Facebook continues to be the market leader. Facebook has an estimated 1.87 billion users per month with Instagram 600 million users per month. Furthermore, it is predicted that by the year 2030, Facebook will have 5 billion users!
It’s clear: Facebook is a juggernaut that isn’t slowing down.
For all the poo-pooing Facebook receives through it’s ability to distract and help people procrastinate, there are some incredible ways it can be used for good. Sure, it needs to be managed and like anything, Facebook makes a great servant but a lousy master.
Here are 9 ways you can use Facebook to improve your life:
1 – Send a status asking for help, input or information on the goal you’re going after.
The brainpower within your friend network on Facebook is amazing. There is so much knowledge, but we don’t tap into it! If you are looking for something, ask!
I knew there were people out there who could point me in the direction of a place where I could do some work. Turns out I was made aware of about six places that have been helpful in offering a local space for me to work.
2 – Start a Facebook group that can act as a accountability, support or reference group.
Facebook groups are all the rage at the moment because of the notifications people receive when something is posted into them. Of course, this can get irritating (see point five) but if the purpose is clear and the group is helping you, by all means join or set up a group.
Here is one that I am part of:
I was keen to be part of a group that helps me with SEO on my blog posts etc and I know the people behind this group are the real deal. So I asked to join the group and it’s been really helpful so far.
So set up a group to help you read more books, or start a weekly friend catch-up at the pub or whatever. Use the group to share how you are going, create discussion, set times and more. The opportunities are endless with Facebook groups!
3: Send a daily status following through on the change you’re seeking.
I have a friend who was choosing to be more grateful. So for 30 days, he sent a status and picture of something he was grateful for and the reason he was grateful. Turns out, everyday his engagement grew, others joined in and the daily rhythm of his goal acted as a virtual accountability partner. Try this one…it’s super simple!
4: ‘Save’ articles or videos that are helpful to you.
You know how people share an article or link and say something like ‘sharing to save it’? Well, turns out you don’t have to share the link to save it. You can simply ‘save’ the link and collect them in one place.
Just like this:
Click the down arrow > click save post. All done!
And then you can find all the links on your sidebar:
Use the ‘save’ option for those links or resources that pique your interest related to the personal development you’re creating. Saving these articles give you a common place for you to go to and read them. Plus, it allows you to be inspired at anytime. Having a library of articles can really improve your life and help you be more focused on the direction you’re heading.
5: Turn off notifications.
OK, so this relates to Facebook, but not directly. If you are trying to make a change and you find yourself always checking Facebook, the solution is simple: turn off notifications. You could delete it altogether, but turning off all notifications, setting some boundaries and creating the discipline to say ‘no’, may be a better approach in the long run.
6: Follow your favourite people/pages that support what you are trying to do.
This is my personal go-to strategy: like their specific page. Better still (and so you will see everything they post) make sure you click ‘see first’ to receive all their new posts.
Being inspired by people whom you look up to and who can help you is important. So often we think we can achieve our goals and success alone – we can’t. Choosing the right people we want speaking into our lives is critical.
7: Do a friend cull.
We all know how to do this and should probably do it more often. You will likely have friends on your profile that don’t support you or whom you haven’t spoken to in a while. Cull them from your list. If you can’t stomach such cruelty, then simply unfollow them. Somehow, culling back the number of friends you have on Facebook can instantly improve your life and give you a greater sense of peace.
8: Create an event.
I haven’t done this myself (yet), but I’ve been invited to all sorts of events that were essentially about creating awareness for something. They were events sure, but they were about opening the space for people to be inspired or invited to start something and join in.
Events can act as either the beginning of your personal growth journey or the end. Invite the right kind of people to it and get moving.
9: Comment on posts that are in-line with the type of growth you’re hoping for.
If you’re wanting to run 5km, then follow some running pages and comment on the articles. If you want to eat paleo, comment on posts that talk about paleo things. When you comment, you invite insight into your own life through asking good, specific and personal questions. Commenting and getting involved is a gold-mine ready to be explored!
As you do this more, you begin to build networks and community that over time will grow and develop.
Now jump in and give some a go!
It’s highly probable that you are actually doing some of these things already. The trick is using Facebook for a purpose, not just an outlet for procrastination. If Facebook is simply a distraction and time waster, then maybe a Facebook fast would be a better option for you.
But if you’re able to have the self-control to manage it well, consider adding two or more of the suggestions into your daily Facebook browsing to improve your life.
What would you add? How have you used Facebook to achieve your goals, improve your life or create better habits? Share below.