Candy Crush, Pet Rescue Saga, Farmville… These are just the first three that come to mind. And if you’re on Facebook, I’m sure you’ve heard of them as well. Business owners beware, however – they are very addictive and highly time consuming. If you’re trying to grow your business. it’s probably time to say goodbye to Facebook games.
I will admit that I am NOT going to say goodbye to Facebook games. Why? Because I know how to limit my time on them. Quite honestly, my time playing Candy Crush or others is limited to a five minute break during the day and during a 10-15 minute break after business hours. They are how I get my mind off business for a couple minutes, and give myself a break. But I have, in the past, fallen victim to their addictive quality.
Nine + months pregnant and working for myself, I found myself playing Candy Crush rather than doing work. And boy, did the bank account balance show it. My billable hours plummeted like a rock falling to the bottom of the ocean. I knew I had to do something – FAST!
If you’re struggling with your Facebook game addiction during the business day, I have a few suggestions for you…
1. Use Facebook as your business only. To do this, push the gear button in the upper right corner (if you’re using Facebook on your computer) and select “Use Facebook as (insert your business name here). When using Facebook as a page, you can no longer see the game notifications.
2. Uninstall the games from your mobile devices. Yes, it will be painful. Will it kill you? No
3. Turn off game notifications within Facebook. Yes, you can do it… And you should.
4. Give yourself a time or game limit. For instance, 15 minutes on Farmville (TOPS!) or two rounds of Candy Crush, and that’s it! Don’t tell yourself you can afford five more minutes or one more round. All those extras add up, and are greatly impacting your revenue – even if you don’t want to admit it.
I would like to give you a 5th recommendation for how to say goodbye to Facebook games however I don’t have one. And honestly, since severely cutting back on my own game time I’ve gotten enough (new) client work to keep me off Candy Crush for good!
Do you have any recommendations for how to cut back or eliminate your game time? Please share your ideas in the comments section below!
Kim Sutton is the Managing Partner and Chief Everything Officer of The Sutton Companies, including Sutton Strategic Solutions and Sutton Creative Studios. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture.
An avid reader and passionate learner, Kim is constantly researching, studying and developing business improvement strategies. When it comes to client work, Kim especially enjoys helping her clients develop innovative marketing strategies and sales funnels, particularly when they are using Infusionsoft to automate all the heavy lifting. To find out how you can further develop your company’s marketing and automation strategies schedule a 1-hour Business Boost Strategy Session by clicking here.
In her free-time, Kim cherishes the time she gets to spend with her husband, Dave (her business partner), and five children. She also enjoys reading, knitting, writing and playing video games.
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