Conundrum: Putting a Not To-Do List on the To-Do List

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Multi-tasking FAIL. Water and notebooks don't mix.

I’ve been stumbling around trying to manage an ever growing To Do list all summer long. With September looming, I am beginning to panic. There are not enough hours in the day…well, there are, if I don’t sleep. But I need to sleep.

Part of the problem is that I’ve added on a significant need for promotion, given the newly released backlist that I am handling myself. Promotion can suck up a lot of time, and knowing when to stop can be tricky. I love reading what others are up to on Twitter, FaceBook, and Google+, and I’m not comfortable with limiting myself to my promotional efforts without some socializing (it is social networking, not egocentric networking…most of the time).

In this morning’s Twitter stream I found a link to creating a What Not To Do List. Naturally, I immediately clicked over and read the article, and had an aha moment. My first priority is to figure out how Not To Let Social Media Take Over My Day.

There are some good strategies, but I’m going to have to experiment with what will work for me. I’m torn between limiting Social Media to every other day, or to a certain time of day. I’m going to have to think about it.

I’m also going to think about what else can go on my Not To Do list. My initial impression is “not much.” I need to shower. I need to eat. I need to sleep. I never watch TV without some other work in my lap.

I have been thinking of hiring a Virtual Assistant for a few hours a week. Maybe I’ll make a What To Give the VA list, and put some Not To Do things on that list.

The article says to think about what you are doing that is interfering with your productivity. I can do that while I exercise and cook. I guess I’ll put that on my To Do list.

What would be the first thing on your Not To Do List?



About Kelly McClymer

Kelly is a writer, a mom, and a reading tutor for children with dyslexia. Plus, she is totally addicted to her iPad. Curse you, Steve Jobs.

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