I get a lot of useful information over the Internet.
For instance, both Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s send me frequent updates on fishing supply deals. I get sales announcements from Target and Home Depot. The Ford dealership often reminds me that my truck is due for an oil change and other assorted—and sometimes expensive and perhaps not completely necessary—services.
The vet sends me reminders that our cats are due for their shots. The cats are never happy about that.
I get an almost weekly offer to help someone in Africa move vast amounts of money from some hidden location into my bank account. I route those to the junk mail file.
Folks from all over send me meeting announcements and updates on crop conditions, weather reports, news items and both compliments and criticisms of published articles. I read them all.
I get jokes, cartoons, spiritual advice and occasionally a note from a friend or relative.
I also get information from various organizations offering unasked-for advice, most of which are not particularly useful and go pretty quickly into the trash bin.
I recently received a bit of information, however, that I suspect will be useful, so I saved it to a folder somewhere on my computer. I probably should have read it when it first came in but I was busy doing something else so I put it in one of the many file folders I keep to hold things that I’m sure will be useful at some time or another.
I used to do the same with paper, back before electronic filing took over. I had an inbox where I put paper (hard copy) notices I thought might be of value sometime, just not right now. The inbox would invariable overflow into the out box until I determined that I would likely never get around to reading any of it and would just toss it all and start over.
That’s why I thought this latest bit of information would be useful, maybe even bring on a sea change of attitude and a vow to start dealing with notices, articles, announcements and the like as soon as they come in instead of putting them into a file and then forgetting what file they’re in.
This particular article was titled “Procrastination can hurt your career.” I scanned the high points before I “filed” it and was eager to delve deeper into the piece as soon as I had time. I was out of the office when the article arrived, however, and was working from a hotel room following a day covering meetings. I needed to write a story or two and post them on our web page, so I didn’t really have time to read the procrastination piece right away.
I do intend to read it, however—maybe tomorrow. Wait, I think I have meetings all day tomorrow, so Friday might be a better opportunity. But you know how Fridays go, so Monday looks like the first good chance to get to it, although Mondays can be pretty hectic. And I still have to remember where I filed it.
I do intend to read it, though, and put all the tips into practice. Really, no kidding.