1 reason to avoid list posts

My latest productivity hijacker is list posts.  “5 tricks to get ahead”, “Top 50 things successful people do” “Improve your productivity in 7 simple steps”.  Click bait. I don’t have to have a degree in marketing to know links like these get lots of clicks.

I feel obligated to read them.  I always read them.  I read them to (1) affirm that I am doing what they recommend; or (2) search for a valuable nugget of information to use and improve my life.

Lately, I have been telling myself it shouldn’t matter if I am doing or not doing what the list post recommends to its readers.  Who cares?  If I am unhappy with how something is going in my life, I know how to deal with it.  The answers are not in the list posts.  It is in Google.  Just kidding.  Sort of.

Ideas for problem solving are found on the internet, in books, from mentors, friends, spouses, family and most importantly, in yourself.

You are in the situation.  You can try different ideas and see what works.  I can find solutions on my own, but I like getting opinions too.  It makes the problem real and when I discuss the issue with someone else, it leads me to the water of wisdom sooner than if I wade about alone. 

The single reason you don’t need to read list posts is because you are smarter than the writer.  You know your situation because you are living it.  Read a list post today and check-in later to see you used the information. When I realized I wasn’t using the information, I stopped reading them and now I have some extra time on my hands.

If you want to avoid things that hijack your time, don’t click on the list posts. 

Check out related posts:

1. You are doing it right

2. The ideal morning

3.  Top 10 in 2.  My only list post (I think), by request and I made quick work of it.  I bet you already know them all.