It’s Saturday, and this writer is on the hunt for something to write about. Normally, blogging material is found in the political realm, and there’s plenty of it. However, American politics has taken on the sheen of he said/she said when it comes to which presidential candidate said what about race. (Who cares? When is the Justice Department going to indict Hillary?) All the George Soros and Hillary Clinton email revelations aren’t producing any action. The Clinton Body Count list is standing pat for the moment. And the oligarchy has gone underground in terms of making news. (There’s other stuff out there, but it’s the weekend.)
The only thing really provocative and new today was some football quarterback proving his ignorance on race issues by sitting during the National Anthem before a football game. It’s a free country, supposedly. If this dude wants to admit his lack of knowledge and willingness to be brainwashed, why stop him?
In the last week, one thing did catch this writer’s eye, though, and the temptation to comment on it led to a facebook share that only two friends liked. They happened to be high school friends who are not teachers, nurses, or involved in entertainment of any sort (a rarity in that group). The piece was a slideshow from Forbes, a longer version of a simple list first published in January. “15 Surprising Things Productive People Do Differently.”
Like so many other list-type posts, it was a compilation of ideas under a single topic. In this case, though, being a person with a number of balls in the air on a regular basis, the title had appeal. What idiotic idea might be in the list, and, alternatively, what gem of a habit might be available for adoption? Reading through the suggestions seemed to be a productive way to pinpoint some challenges in my “way too much going on” issues.
As it happens, on that list were a number of things this writer already employs as part of her life:
- Spend 1-2 hours first thing in the day doing that which will bring the most success, hopefully without interruption. (I work on fiction writing, which is another of my careers.)
- Think in terms of minutes, not hours. (Yep. Habit from having to commute for years, and working the equivalent of two full time jobs.)
- Use a notebook and write everything down. (I don’t remember a time when I did not do this. I also use this for a to do list, which is another thing productive people avoid.)
- Avoid meetings (they are a waste of time and energy). Uh-huh. (Always did think that unless something specific needed to be hashed out.)
- Tell people “no.” (Not always easy, but sometimes it just has to be done.)
- Never miss dinner. (At a certain point in the day, it’s time to let the mind rest. That is why I crochet.)
Of course, that’s only a handful of the helpful tips and tricks. (Gotta figure out how to stop myself from buying ahead only to never use whatever was purchased, though.) It’s also not the only list of its sort, either. A simple search online produced scores of such lists. Which suggests something about Americans: we are addicted to lists.
Why this is so probably has something to do with efficiency. A “top ten” list cuts through the clutter. It also delivers targeted information and images without fuss. The reality that the majority of these lists are subjective doesn’t seem to matter. Correcting the record on that subjectivity is what the comment section is for.
So, this has been a respite from political boredom as we wait for Julian Assange to drop more bombs on Hillary. In the meantime, here’s another list on the habits of successful people. This one has 50. (they are the sort of habits you pick up with age truth be told.)