This is not so much a new year's post as it is looking back on 2014. It's also not about being more productive. It's about getting rid of a habit and shaking it out of your system. We all know we spend too much time on Facebook, if we're perfectly honest. You can have fun there, but it's mostly procrastinating. Some people are deleting their profile altogether, after which there are some withdrawal symptoms. They mostly sound like: ”Why wasn’t I invited to that party?!” There are some uses for Facebook, of course. As a communication tool it’s quite handy and if you don’t like too many food/ baby/ kitten posts that people slap on their walls and respond more to news sources, those are the posts that will appear on your timeline. Tossing out an annoying ‘friend’ can really tidy up you timeline.
So I’ve been telling myself that I use Facebook as a news source. Which is of course a load of horse manure. You don’t need to check your news sources every five minutes. That is however what I was doing. Mostly on the ‘go’. Weekly, I spend quite a bit time on trains, which is a great place to be scanning up and down my timeline for the duration of each trip. Harmless, right? Looking around on any given train, a lot of people feel the same way.
A lot the articles I found on Facebook, I wouldn’t read right away. I would copy the link to Evernote, in a note that had the title “To Read”. I had convinced myself that that was a very effective way to not miss anything and be able to read useful stuff while traveling. The result was a list of unnamed links as long as my arm, because I was just hoarding links and fondling my timeline while on a train. Clearly my system was very flawed. Then, I found the Pocket app. This is a wonderful little app that allows you to copy a link to a piece of content and it will reel it in from whichever source and put in a neat little format into the Pocket environment. Just the images and the tekst, so no adds and banner stuff. You can access your articles on every platform. So instead of a pile of links in Evernote, I now have a pile of articles in Pocket. I successfully switched one pile for another.
Not surprisingly: Facebook is the problem. Or at least the app on my phone is the problem. This called for more drastic measures: deletion! I wasn’t sure if deleting my entire profile was the way to go, so I decided to delete the app from my iPhone. It felt a bit strange and good at the same time. After the first day without the app on my phone, I had read three articles in Pocket and paid a bit more attention to my Twitter feed, as a news source. I wasn’t getting enough content from Twitter, though. I would have to spend serious time to make groups etc. to get more out of Twitter. Not sure if I wanted to put in so much time, I was looking for another way to get my news fix. I came across Nuzzel. This app shows you what your friends are reading. You add your Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Google+ accounts and presto! Now I had all my contacts working for me. You can copy stuff from Nuzzel straight to Pocket, so my process got much quicker.
Without the Facebook app on my phone I was now actually reading articles and sharing them. The amount of Twitter followers I had increased dramatically, but the best thing that came of deleting the Facebook app was the doubling of battery life of my iPhone! Unbeknownst to me: that fb app drains you battery unlike any other app on your phone. I was now able to make it two days on one charge! Given: I have a brand new iPhone 6 and not a 5. But I’m willing to bet that if I had deleted the app from my iPhone 5 a few months ago: I wouldn’t have spent so much time complaining about the battery life. I would have had way more time to complain about other things.