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I’m Drownding in Info — How am I Supposed to Get Any Work Done?!?

So I ordered Stomping the Search Engines 2, which was (and will be) valuable info for way cheaper than usual; with STSE2 I got all of the bonuses, many of which are on the same 30-day trial as the magazine (and the disc — I was weak). So now I have audio and video lessons coming out my ears, and membership sites I need to go and take thorough looks at, to see how much I can learn and if I want to pay the fees after the trial is over. Many of the “free bonuses” came up on the thank you pages for opting into their lists, so I have to watch the videos NOW or lose them when I close the page. My browser gets slower and slower as these things build up (and better as I watch them — I’ve learned not to click on the email link until I know I’m ready to deal with whatever comes up. In other words — NO CLICKING DURING MY SOAP! Yes, I still watch the stupid soap. Now I just miss half of it because I’m doing other things while I watch it.)

[Soapbox: I’m really becoming convinced of something I’ve been reading from the time management gurus: multitasking is overrated, it reduces your effectiveness instead of enhancing it, and eventually it will make you stupid. Someone found a study proving that multitaskers have more attention and thinking problems than stoners. Really. And I’m beginning to understand how; just quiz me on the details of a movie I claim to have watched, all the while with my face buried in my laptop. I won’t know much more about it than if I had seen it a week ago. I keep looking up just after my favorite parts. It’s annoying. Anyway . . .]

So I have a month’s worth of info from STSE2, and at least a month’s worth of info from the bonuses (and only a month to get at it), and the streams I have set up in Reader and FriendFeed and FaceBook (which eats time all by itself) which can take all day to parse. So that’s three day’s worth of work in any given day.

And When during this time am I supposed to get any work done on my site???

For the past two days, ever since my STSE2 package arrived, I’ve been listening and watching stuff almost continuously. (<rant>Whatever happened to PDFs? Why does EVERYTHING have to be audio or video? Why do I have to listen to or watch you stutter, ramble on and get off point for an hour when I could read the transcript in 15 minutes?? I know it’s the latest greatest thing, but for Pete’s Sake, people! Different people learn in different ways — why do I have to be forced to deal with a format that is suboptimal for me just because it’s easier for you? Put some time into it, Dude! </rant>) I haven’t done a thing to PD — no blog posts, and no Pimp My Site Pages, as I wanted to have done by the weekend so I could shop for a WP guru.

I know it’s my fault: I have no discipline, and do tend to deal with whatever’s in front of me. If I’d lived in a perfect world, I would have had thirty days of uninterrupted time after the 30 Day Challenge to get my Web Site the way I wanted it, to get the traffic flowing and settle into a routine before I got swamped with new learnings. I’d have been better able to apply them. But NO — the rotten marketers have to ride the 30DC wave until every last drop of opportunistic cash is squeezed from every wallet. I don’t blame them for it; I just wish I could have chosen the time to receive it.

So I’m griping — and I’m typing this post at 1 in the morning because it was running through my head and I couldn’t sleep and I figured if I wanted to type it out, now is better than later — ’cause when am I going to have time later? I have got to manage myself better. I know that, and know how; it just seems impossible. It’s not really. Oh, look — new Tweets! Now, cut that out . . .

FaceBook is the Biggest Friend Tool / Time Sink I Know

I woke up in pain this morning. It’s going to be a Crappy Day. (“Have a Crappy Day!” “Why, thank you, Mr. Carlin. And a Crappy Day to you and your wonderful family as well!”) On Crappy Days the medication count is higher and the expectations are lower than usual. Most of the business goals go out the window — and really, when I’m feeling like this, do I actually churn out stuff people want to read? Not really. See for yourself.

So anyway — it’s a Crappy Day, and I’ve been rolling like a rotisserie in bed since 4, and I finally gave up on sleep at 7:30, and opened my trusty laptop. Now, when I went to bed last night at 10, I had no FaceBook notifications, nothing in my Google Reader, all my Tweets and FriendFeed items all settled, nothing but a couple pieces of email waiting till morning. My laptop lit up like a Christmas tree this morning — 30-some items in GReader, 9 notifications in FaceBook, 10 tweets (that’s what I get for following people in the UK and Austalia), and I don’t know what all. I just got done. 12:30, and I just got done. Now, I admit that I’m being slow today, but for Pete’s sake! How productive can everyone else be?!?

I feel forced to also admit that I actually read what I get; I actually do click on links to follow-ups; I actually try to understand what’s up. This morning’s big deal was the social networking stuff Google is trying to sneak over on us; and because it’s a Crappy Day, I spent more time than I should have on it trying to understand it. It turns out I stumbled onto the Google Profile a while ago, and filled it out, so that’s done; I just need to figure out the Friends Widget for Non-Blogger Blogs and
how to get the other end going. But it shows how rotten my powers of comprehension are right now.

And then there’s FaceBook. FB is the bane and boon of my existence. It’s been a wonderful thing; I can now look at a specific place in my profile and know that people give a hang (20 of them at the moment). I’ve connected with people I haven’t seen in years, people who’d dropped out of being social before we did and we haven’t seen them since, people who lived far away that I hadn’t kept up with. It’s all very cool! And there is stuff to do on FB, too. Games and puzzles and trivia and groups and fan pages and charity stuff you send to your friends and semi-pseudo role-playing games and . . .

This is where the bane comes in. When I can type in a list that long at top speed and stop myself rather than running out of items, then it’s just too tempting. I’m supposed to be working over here! Writing blog posts and running down affiliate offers and mocking up pages on PD to show WordPress gurus. All the stuff I feel guilty about while I’m building my castle or rearranging my garden or getting 90s on my Days of our Lives trivia quizzes. Of course, that’s also all the stuff I don’t have to worry about on a Crappy Day . . .

I can talk myself in circles, can’t I? Stream of consciousness, that’s what you get on a Crappy Day. Which is why I’d rather not try to do marketing stuff in this state.

So, to the point: Although you may see me fiddling in FaceBook throughout today, with any discipline on my part that will NOT be a regular thing. I can’t be doing this all the time or I’ll FB the house right out from under us. Money eventually needs to be made; Popular Delusions needs to be ready to be a community soonest; I’ve got to get content out so I can start marketing. The 2Du list for tomorrow will be long. PD needs to be ready by OryCon, so I can drop some flyers on the Freebie Table. A community needs people, after all.

Crappy Days are for notes. Non-Crappy Days are for Action. Today I take notes . . . 8-)