Linda Maye Adams

When Internet Lists Strike Back


I’ve spent the week in baby steps trying to fix some of my time management habits.  I’d like to write fiction full time in the future, and one of the things I need to get my act together on is time management. The time to figure it out is NOT when I’m greeted with a huge change my own business.

My work has suffered from too many diverse demands.  We’ve had people leave, so manager looks around for a place to plop what they did.  Guess who gets it?  A lot of the new things don’t fit in with anything else, so grouping like things together doesn’t fit together real well. I figure if I can tame this beast of chaos, it can only help me in the long run.

I’ve spent a lot of time wandering the internet in search of time management tips and whatnot.  The Internet is very good at lists because they’re easy to read and write.  But they’ve morphed into this terrible monster.  They lecture.  There’s several sites I’ve run into where it feels like the author gets out the soapbox and proceeds to inform us that we’re doing everything wrong.  All you need to do is follow his steps, and everything will start working properly.

Except that it doesn’t.  How do you work with something when the whole process around you is dysfunctional to start with and your stuck at the mercy of it?

The lists look nice because it feels like you can check them off or that they can be scanned easily.  They started in magazines, and exploded on the internet.  Truthfully, I blame marketing.  Two years ago I was hunting around trying to find things that would help me market to potential readers, and I went the list route.  Every reputable blog on social media talked about using lists.  The result is that we’re getting reduced to the bullet point.

Bring back real substance!

2 Comments

  1. http://www.flylady.net I love her methods and they can be modified for home, work, school, anything.

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    • Alas, I tried Flylady, twice. Way, way too many emails, and I found the tone very off putting. I didn’t last a week the first time, and only a day the second time. Just wasn’t for me.

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