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What’s on your ignore list?

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We talk a lot about reining in our “to-do” lists. And one of my best motivation-boosters is my “have done” list. But while readjusting my cyber security levels on Facebook and elsewhere, I was struck by the idea of an “ignore” list. I use the option for trolls and unwelcome contacts online all the time. Why don’t I have one in real life?

The truth is, I do have one, it’s just that I add to it unconsciously and I’ve never written it down. I know I need to reevaluate my home owners insurance policy, for example, but I don’t have time to so it’s on the “ignore” list. Ditto working out (unfortunately) when my to-do list is too long (which is most days, if I’m going to be honest about it). And clearing off the dining room table? Ignored—until company is on the way, and then it’s totally fake-cleaning time.

PR people who don’t bother to take the time to check out what I do before pitching me wildly inappropriate story ideas automatically go to my “ignore” list via the delete button in my email account. So do the “great opportunity for your readers!!!!!” emails that are actually requests for free advertising on one of my blogs.  Clearing out my in-box in general is also on the “ignore” list, even though deleting those emails is a baby step on the path to in-box organization.

But the biggest thing on my “ignore” list is probably my office itself. When I reclaimed the nursery early this year, most of my files and books and clutter got “organized” into piles around the room. They’re all on my “ignore” list, because sorting through the stuff and throwing it away (or finding a proper place for it all) is such a low priority for me right now that it’s not worth putting on my “to-do” list at all—at least, not until I’ve got all of these other “to-do” items done first.

What’s on your “ignore” list?

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  • I would probably call it my “uncomfortable thought lurking in the back of my mind” list. A whole list of house repairs, for example. De-cluttering my computer files (though I did do some work on this in the past year, it’s nowhere near done). Claiming reimbursement on a bunch of expenses. Catching up with some old friends (unfortunately).

    I can’t stand clutter, mental or otherwise, so I do try to chip away at this type of thing as and when I can. So I don’t think there’s anything I intentionally ignore, other than other people’s mess. But there are plenty of things I postpone with the over-optimistic thought that I’ll get to it “soon.”

    SKL  |  October 16th, 2011 at 4:47 pm