How many times have you noticed interesting articles you’d like to read as you’ve scrolled down through your Facebook newsfeed and thought, “I’d love to read that but I don’t have time right now”?
Did you know that a little-known feature lets you save those links to read later?
It’s my new favorite time management tool.
Before, I’d either try to remember what I’d seen later when I had more time to read (didn’t work) or take a quick screenshot on my phone (only worked if I was looking at Facebook on my phone). Now, with a couple of clicks, I can save everything that interests me and read it later when I have the time (or I’m procrastinating).
I created a short video that shows you how to do it.
Save a Facebook link
Rather read than watch to learn how to save a Facebook link? Here’s a loose transcript.
- On the post you want to read later, put your cursor on the little arrow in the upper right of the post. Click on it.
- Look for “save link.” Click on it.
- To find your saved links, select “home” from your top toolbar, then go to the left side of the screen. Under “explore,” click on “saved.”
Pretty easy, right?
This is a particularly useful resource for authors who are in learning mode.
You’ve probably liked Facebook Pages that help you learn more about writing, publishing, and book marketing, and you’ve joined groups where you can discuss issues, ask for help, or learn from the experiences of others. (Pro tip: you might want to like the Build Book Buzz Page and join the Build Book Buzz discussion group.)
Pages, groups, and some personal profiles often share links to articles that will help you solve a problem or keep you current on industry trends. Personal profiles are more likely to generate posts with links to all kinds of interesting content, from funny videos to newspaper articles on current events to recipes.
There’s a lot there that can teach or entertain us, so learning how to save and access what’s most useful when we have time for it makes a difference.
Time management for authors
It’s all about time management. It feels like there’s never enough time to read, write, market, and do everything else in our lives. Any tool that can help you better manage that time is a gift.
In fact, maybe we can use this post to help fellow authors save time or be more efficient.
What’s your favorite time management tool or tip? Please share it in a comment.
If you can help just one person, it will be worth the couple of minutes it takes to share it. Thank you!
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