Facebook is one of the biggest time-suckers out there—if you allow it to be. In addition to setting an alarm and limiting your Facebook time, there's one big step you can take to save time on Facebook:
Group your friends into lists.
Friends lists help you organize your Facebook connections. Rather than hundreds or even thousands of friends in your profile stream, you can select whom you are most interested in hearing from at any point.
There are numerous ways to create lists in Facebook. I'm going to share the two methods I use most often, and then I'll show you how to use your lists.
One way to create a friends list is from an invitation. From your invitation, select “Add to List” (a) before you “Confirm.” Here, you can add to previously created lists or start a new one (b).
Another way to create a friends list is to select Friends from the left sidebar of your Facebook Home page (c). Notice the + Create a List button in the upper right of the center column (d).
After clicking the Create a List button, your entire Friends List will open up. Give your list a name (e) and start adding people by typing their names or clicking on their names+images.
Voila! That's it.
Now let me show you how to use your Facebook lists.
To view your lists, select Home / Friends and then click on the name of the list you want to view (f). Your carefully selected stream will display updates only from the people you included on that friend list.
From here, you can also add people to a list. Click on the Edit List button above the stream (g). Your list of friends will open up, and you can either type names (h) or click on the names and photos of people that you want to add to the list.
As you can see, I have 10 friends lists. These include Favorites (people and clients I really want to keep up with), as well as Family, high school pals, and more.
FINAL WORD: Take a few minutes to organize your Facebook friends so that you don't spend too much time on social networking and not enough time in the studio. Categorizing your friends will also help you stay up to date with those who are most dear to you.
Due to the extremely visual nature of this post, there is no accompanying podcast today.