Over the last few years, Facebook has become one of the biggest timesinks of everyday life. Sure, you can keep in touch with people around the globe, and that can be enjoyable and even beneficial. But Facebook is by design at odds with productivity in that it has no end; you can keep scrolling the news feed for hours. Do you actually need to know what your 963 Facebook friends are having for dinner? You probably really don’t want to know how much time you’ve wasted on Facebook.

And let’s not forget the games on Facebook. Candy Crush, Farmville, Slotomania—these kinds of games don’t help you develop your skills or your network. There is no tangible value in them. Quit wasting time on useless games that don’t move you closer to your goals!

Tip: turn off Facebook alerts on your phone or computer so you’re not drawn back into conversations. Instead, batch your Facebook time. If it’s that important to you, mark Facebook time on your schedule just as you would an important meeting. Spend that scheduled amount of time and no more on Facebook, then shut it down.  Log out of the program on your computer or your phone.

If your addiction is really powerful and you just can’t stop using Facebook, get radical. Get gutsy and quit Facebook altogether. Post to your wall the following message:

I am taking an indefinite break from Facebook. It is eating up too much of my time, and I need to distance myself from it. If you need to contact me and we’re REALLY friends, call me. I’d love to talk to you, or meet in person. Otherwise, I’ll see you back here in a few weeks, or maybe months, if and when I choose to return.

Next, have a trusted friend or family member change your password to keep you from logging in. (And don’t click the “Forgot my password” link to cheat.)

If after you quit Facebook you still must play a game, try Cashflow. This online game from Robert Kiyosaki, of Rich Dad, Poor Dad fame, teaches you how to identify deals and opportunities that can help you to escape the rat race and pursue your dreams. This game has helped me to see real-world opportunities when they have presented themselves.

After you’ve tamed or overcome your Facebook addiction, you can use some of your newfound free time to generate new ideas, develop a business plan, or meet with potential contacts for your new venture. As your business grows, you’ll experience more satisfaction in your accomplishment than you ever felt from scrolling the Facebook news feed.  And if you ever decide to go back to Facebook, you’ll have more exciting updates than dinner photos to post.

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