Day 2 – Other People’s Propaganda

How’d you do?

How’d your homework go yesterday? 😳

I asked you to write down EVERYTHING that’s currently filling your days.

Then I wanted you to write down what you think you should be doing that you’re currently not.

And then finally, I wanted you to list what you wish you could do if you had more time.

Now – what I wish I’d remembered is to tell you to write down your responses in your journal. Don’t have a journal? Let’s get you one. Remember from yesterday that perfect is the enemy of done so don’t go on a long search for the perfect journal. Just grab one you have around the house or if you absolutely want a new one – here’s my favorite right now. I like its size and the rings which make it easy to fold over.

Having a journal helps keep us accountable and track our progress. We’ll talk more about it later but for now – grab your journal and transfer your list…and date it.


Today I want to talk about OPP – Other People’s Propaganda


Your first list – EVERYTHING that’s filling your days. Did the list include time on social media? Not just Facebook but Pinterest, Instagram, and SnapChat. And what about texting and email?

We spend an extraordinary amount of time and energy taking in Other People’s Propaganda.

Propaganda: ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause.

Propaganda does not have to be nefarious.  Think about the mom who is always baking.  Or the lady with the amazing career.  The homeschool mom.  The travel warrior.  The workout wonder.

This social phenomenon is a double whammy. Our ability to be productive is trickled away while we spend time participating AND we’re looking at another’s life and probably comparing or judging it to our life. And then, don’t even get me started on Fake News and the emotional toll it takes on our everyday lives.  All this time and energy online takes us away from our own goals.

OPP – Other People’s Propaganda
Meaningful? Hardly ever.
Productive? Mostly not.

It’s human nature to completely miss the mark estimating time spent in behavior.  So….your homework today is to keep track of your time spent taking in OPP – no judgment here – this exercise is more about awareness. Why do we turn to social media? What is it about other people’s lives that is attractive.  What time of day are we most susceptible?  For me, it’s usually when I’m bored or I’m not sure what to do next.   And while I have a fair amount of discipline in the morning, I find myself seeking the online reprieve as the afternoon wanes.

Why do we turn to social media? What is it about other people’s lives that is attractive?  What time of day are we most susceptible?

For me, it’s usually when I’m bored or I’m not sure what to do next.   And while I have a fair amount of discipline in the morning, I find myself seeking the online reprieve as the afternoon wanes.  The first step to any change is awareness.

See ya tomorrow.

Donna Matthews | Slay The Chaos

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Donna Matthews

Donna is a passionate soul eager to help others clear the chaos from their minds, souls, and homes with keep it simple, real life, productivity and organizational solutions.

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