|In addition to these items, I now use my phone and computer to create lists, and I may soon begin using Evernote as well!|
I am a list maker. I have been one, probably since high school or even before. Lists keep me focused and help me organize my day, this blog, and my life! Lists help me feel productive; I'm one of those people who will even write down something that I have already accomplished - just so I can cross it off my list!
I don't just make one list. I have a variety of lists, and I suspect many people do as well. Here is a sampling of mine:
Master ListI keep a running list of long-term type things I need to accomplish. For example:
*Change smoke detector batteries
*Remember to renew passport in 5 years
*Become more fluent in Spanish
*Organize our photo collection
*Remember to transplant the pine tree growing too close to the house next Spring
... you get the idea!
Short Term Lists
I can have a variety of these floating around at any given time. A few examples of these:
“To Do: This Week”
“To Do: Today”
Grocery list. Costco list.
People to call & emails to send.
Appointments to schedule
I also keep a lot of “how to” type lists, such as:
Steps for publishing a blog post
Volunteer event-planning checklists
Christmas cards sent/received list
Colors and brands of my favorite cosmetics
... and so on, and so forth.
Most of these lists are functional and useful. My memory is not good enough to contain all of this information, and it is helpful to refer to these lists.
Why Do Some Things Never Get Crossed Off?
Some items have been on my lists for years! The items that get transferred from one rewrite to the next of my master list, however, can cause me to feel angst and guilt.
- Why is it that I just can't accomplish these things and move on?
- Should I just give up on some of them, and stop rewriting them?
- Are they even goals that are still important to me?
Maybe it is time I take a good look at that master list. Perhaps I should decide what is really important, and then buckle down and actually accomplish those things.
Have you heard of the book, Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed by Paula Rizzo? According to the back cover, list-making is a trait of highly successful people. (Whew, that makes me feel good!)
The book cover promises list-making can increase productivity and decrease stress. All of the reviews on Amazon.com are excellent, and the book is available for sale on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback form.
I have no doubt this book would be helpful to anyone not already routinely making lists. Since I am already a compulsive list-maker, I wonder if reading it would have much impact on my life? Perhaps it would answer my questions about what to do about the items I never get crossed off! It's worth a try - I think I'll put it on my list!
Are you a list maker? Do you have items that never seem to get crossed off?
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