Do you find yourself unable to control your urge to get on Facebook?
Are you ashamed by the amount of time you spend scrolling through your feed?
Facebook is full of procrastination bait
It’s natural to have tendencies to procrastinate, and a main reason that Facebook is so addictive is because it’s designed to serve you an infinitely scrollable news feed full of procrastination bait. You’re instantly rewarded with funny memes, intriguing videos, status updates, and more. This might even lead to Internet Addiction if you are not careful.
Facebook is slowly sinking you into depression
Maybe you’re someone who likes to constantly share the details of your day, or comment on other posts, engaging in conversations that are adding little value to your or others’ lives. Social media allows us to be lonely, to engage in unsatisfying interactions compared to the fulfilling ones we truly crave to have in real life. Your brain is tricked into thinking you have satisfied your social needs, but in fact it’s slowly sinking you into depression.
Through social media we enable ourselves to seek validation in unhealthy ways, hoping for someone to like the picture of what we ate for lunch, or agree with our point of view. Instead we ought to be focused on the validation derived from our own personal growth and success.
Facebook permits us to glimpse the lives of others, or join groups where we can engage with peers and mentors. You might learn something of use, or gain an insight, but more often than not you will find yourself staring at an unrealistic portrayal of another person’s existence, or a peer or mentor’s shameless self-promotions of success. This can be deeply depressing and un-motivating as you find that in comparison your own life seems boring and luckless.
On the other hand, Facebook appears pleasurable by delivering the neurotransmitter dopamine when we get a notification. You wonder if someone liked your post or comment, and when they do, it literally becomes an addiction; that’s destructive to our lives.
Facebook preys on our fear of missing out
Equally ruinous is the fear of missing out, since some might find themselves constantly refreshing their page as to not miss any interesting content, message, or interactions. It is the ultimate enemy of your Focus.
There are so many ways that Facebook is driving you to procrastination and addiction. You may find that willpower is not sufficient to combat this craving, so you need a powerful tool as your ally. FindFocus or SelfControl are a robust solutions to this problem, and we will cover how you can use this life-changing software to block Facebook effectively.
Create A New Profile To Block Facebook
Open the FindFocus preferences, and you should by default be presented with the profiles tab. Click the + sign in the bottom left corner to create a new profile.
Name Your Profile
You will need to name your profile and add a description. In this example the profile has been named “Block Facebook”, and the description reads “Stop Facebook Addiction” When you’re done click the NEXT button.
Create Custom Focus Text
You’re then presented with the Focus Mode settings, where you should enter custom Focus text that will remind you to consider your priorities. In this example the custom text reads “Are you sure you want to get on Facebook? Focus on your productivity instead.” The unlock Delay option has also been checked and set for 2 minutes, so that 2 minutes must pass before Facebook is unlocked, but you may choose whatever duration suits you. When you’re done click the NEXT button.
Configure Focus Pause Settings
You’re then presented with the Focus Pause settings. In this example we have chosen a custom text that must be typed in order to unlock Facebook, which we’ve made the same as the Focus Text from the previous page. The pause duration has been set to 5 minutes, and we have allowed up to 99 pauses to be made during the focus session, but you may choose whatever durations suit you. When you’re done click the NEXT button.
Block The Facebook Website
You’re then presented with the Websites page. Click the + symbol in the bottom left corner in order to add a website to block. For the purposes of this tutorial we have of course typed in Facebook.com — When you’re done click the NEXT button.
Complete The Profile To Conquer Your Addiction
You will then be presented by the applications page, but we are not going to be blocking any applications on your computer so you may skip it and press the NEXT button. Now your “Block Facebook” profile is complete and you can choose it when starting a focus session in order to effectively combat your Facebook addiction.
Have a look HERE for more information about how to block any website that might be ruining your concentration and productivity.
Also, for some eye opening tips on how to create laser-sharp focus, maximize your productivity, and speed up your success, I highly recommend checking out the interview with entrepreneur Joanna Jast.