Much To-Do

Much To-Do

 Milk Bottle Collection

Before I forget (again), I wanted to share this to-do list application with you.  It’s called Teux Deux and the video introduction alone made me want to download it.  Other sites which have caught my eye in this space include Remember The Milk (have I mentioned that before?) and Evernote, which allows you to save your ideas, things you like and things you see.  Are you making a note of this?

All of which reminds me of a lovely line from Gina Trapani, which I saw in Seth Godin’s recent compliation of thoughts, What Matters Now;

“Getting Things Done is not the same as Making Things Happen”

Say it again Gina…

“Getting Things Done is not the same as Making Things Happen”

Gina (the editor of Lifehacker) is making the point here that you can reply to emails/pay the bills/cross off the to-dos… OR you can organize a community/take a risk/set ambitious goals.  She tells us not to “worry too much about getting things done.  Make things happen”.  Good advice.

Of course you could just pay other people to make things happen for you.  In which case you might like Fiverr, “the place for people to share things they’re willing to do for $5”.  Today on the site, someone will write a song for you, write jokes for a speech, photoshop an image of you or give you a wake up call every day for just five bucks.  What are you waiting for?  If you don’t see anything which tickles your fancy, you can post your own ‘gig’, and see who responds.

Now that I’ve (hopefully) inspired you to think about how your fiver could be put to use…perhaps you’d like to use it to fund someone’s creativity?   This is what KickStarter is all about, enabling the crowd-funding of a range of ventures by people from all over the world.  One of this week’s most popular ventures is someone wanting to make a documentary about happiness. To do this, they were asking for a cool $33,000.  Good LUCK, you might think.  Cleverly, they offered a range of packages including digital screenings, physical copies of the finished product and even a meeting with the director.  All to raise their $33,000.  And they did it.  In fact, they have raised (at the time of writing) $36,238 from (and this is the impressive bit) 377 backers. 

So there you have it.  Three of the top excuses for NOT doing something;

  • I don’t have the money to do it
  • I don’t have the time to do it
  • (More honestly) I haven’t been organised enough to get round to it

I give you;

  • Your to-do list application
  • Your ‘making things happen’ site
  • Your crowd-funding platform

“Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin” Victor Kiam

“Sometimes opportunity knocks, but most of the time it sneaks up and then quietly steals away”  Doug Larson

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