Lists, Loops and Gobbledygook!

"I Surrender"
“I Surrender”

Do you feel like your e-mail and other social media are running your life?

This morning, I opened up my e-mail and I had 50 waiting for me! And that’s just at 8am! Throughout the day, I must get four to five hundred! I’m on so many yahoo loops and Facebook groups that it’s starting to be hard to remember what some of them are even for.

Are you feeling the same stress in your email life, or is it just me? Do you feel spread so thin that you struggle with time to write? Isn’t that what this author thing is about? Writing our next book?

So, what’s a stressed out, overwhelmed writer to do anyway? She can’t just cut all ties to the outside world? Trying to find the balance and the margin in all of this social media stuff has been a challenge for me.

Maybe you’re not an author, but your job is such that you, too are on a multitude of chats, on-line workshops, seminars…lists, loops and gobbledygook!

Wikipedia says gobbledygook is ‘convoluted language that results in it being excessively hard to understand’.

It doesn’t quite apply here, but it’s close enough. Besides, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to use that scrumptious word for awhile now. πŸ™‚

So…it’s time to pick up the scalpel and cut some of this excess away.

Those of you who have “been there and done that”, how did you decide what to omit? What criteria did you use to make that decision?

This overwhelmed, curious peabrain mind wants to know. πŸ™‚

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5 thoughts on “Lists, Loops and Gobbledygook!”

  1. I’m there with ya in the email overload. Don’t know how to handle it yet. I’ll watch to see if someone sends a great idea. Right now, I let it sit til my other work is done, and then I try to clear it in batches. It’s hard to keep up with commenting and responding to commenting on blogs, but I love doing that.

    1. Hi Janice, it sounds like you’ve found a way to have some amount of control over it. Sounds like you’re using ‘self control’! Lol I’ll try ignoring it and taking care if it in sections. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’ve had your post open forever. I love the word gobbledygook! Most of my email stuff is related to web use and notifications. I can delete most of it without even looking at it. I try to funnel all of that to one email, so I can purge it quickly. It still gets ahead of me sometimes. πŸ™‚

    1. Diana, How do you funnel it into one email? Do you mean that you check them all and hit delete?
      I’m definitely on too many author related, book marketing loops. I need to purge some of those. πŸ™‚

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