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Managing Facebook Groups And Group Overwhelm

You’ve joined group after group after group and you’re realizing it’s all too much. Here are a few tips on managing Facebook groups and the OMGawd! overwhelm that comes with it.

1. Notifications
Turn them off. That is unless you want to get pinged every time someone post what Facebook considers a highlight. Highlight is the default status and um no.
I’ll decide what is a highlight for myself when I visit the group thank you very much.

2. Unfollow
Turn it off. That is unless you want the post in your feed. Some groups you’ll want to see the post in your feed and some you won’t. If you don’t want to see content from the group unfollow it and see the content when you are ready to see the content.

3. Add One, Delete One
If you are a new or recently started virtual service provider I suggest 7-10 virtual service groups. I elaborate on this more in the free Quick Start Guide available here. Using the methods in this post you can manage the groups and not have the groups manage you.  The Add and delete method helps you moderate the number and quality of your groups.

See a new group that grabs your attention? Before you click join ask yourself if they are offering a topic you don’t already have, if they are weigh the group against what you already have. If you decide to add it, consider deleting the similar group to maintain a manageable quantity of groups.

4. Delete Stragglers
If you haven’t visited a group in 60-90 days you may not need the group and it may be a candidate for deletion.  There are exceptions to this; there may be groups you only visit when you need specific information. This doesn’t apply to them OR to professional groups that you have to go through a verification process to get into.

5. Too Many Already
If you are already in a large number of groups and the thought of sitting down to clean up your membership seems like a nightmare try scheduling the purge. Start with the groups you haven’t visited in 60-90 days.
There are plenty of timers but the tomatoe-timer is a great tool for this if you’re on your computer. If on your phone your phone timer will work also. Time blocks of 10-15 minutes will work well. Here’s the trick—don’t browse. Just delete.

6. Calendar It
Now that you’ve got your number of groups where you want it, calendar it. Calendar your daily time there whether it’s for work opportunities or to visit. Time block it. On some days you may have a specific group you want to visit because they have a theme you love or they have a live in the group. You don’t have to visit every group every day.

7. Be About Community
Groups are about community. Sometimes you stay because what you have to bring as a member is of value to the community and the host values your presence. It’s in situations like that where you may want to ‘slightly’ bend your own rules. And I do mean slightly. Don’t rack up too many of these groups because they add up quickly. Be about adding value to the lives of other but maintain as much balance as you can while doing so.

And lastly, if you’re addicted it’s time to kick the habit. No seriously, if you have to have your Facebook or any social media platform you’re addicted. Maybe you have a case of the “can’t help it!” that needs to be transformed. Facebook is a great platform for personal and business use but overwhelm must be stopped.

Stop the ping:
Go into the settings and turn notifications off-done!
Engage in social media at its scheduled time.
The goal is to manage social media and not have social media manage you.
Inhaling all the delicious information in the groups is addictive and damaging.
You’re not going to miss out on anything, trust me and if you do it is okay.

If they did a Facebook Live the replay will be there. If it’s not there, oh well. Life will go on.
Are you reaching for your phone all day to see what’s happening in your favorite group? Or even worse to read post so you can compare yourself and conclude how you suck and are never going to get where someone else is? I hear a lot of that.  Too many virtual service providers (VSPs) are busy gawking at what someone else is doing (or saying they are doing) and not redirecting that time and energy into building their own business.

If you’re addicted or can’t stop stalking Facebook groups and  putting yourself down because you think someone else has it going on it’s time for a change. Yes, I did say stalking. Hiding in group shadows and thinking “look at them” is a thing. And it shouldn’t be a thing.

Here’s the plan: 
30 days of time blocking in up to 60 minute increments
*if you are doing social media services for clients this is in addition to task time.
In that 60 minutes socialize, prospect and then sign off.
Designate one additional block of time per day to check Facebook
Sign out and go have some family time, a coffee or some ice cream.

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