Posted: January 13, 2012
I spend about 45 minutes each day preparing lists. I enjoy the daily task, even though others make fun of the trait. I write out lists on Post-It Notes, a legal pad or even on the back of a business card. I compile lists of "Things to Do" and "Things to Buy " for both the home and office.
For example, I always have two grocery lists at home, one for each store that I frequent. Likewise, I keep an ongoing list in clear view on my desk at work that reminds me of the things I need each month for the office. My "Things to Do" list for the house is updated weekly while the list of office needs gets refined about once a month.
I prefer to physically write out my lists rather than type them into a computer. Call me "old school ", but it wouldn't be the same for me to have the computer print out my daily or weekly lists. I also work best when I write down my appointments in my calendar book rather than have it available on the computer.
I need to write out lists because I have a lot of notes that need to be rewritten at the end of the day. I keep notes in various pants' pockets or in the kitchen and bathroom that need to eventually find a home. That's why I have been in the habit of rewriting all of my personal notes and compiling them into a "Things to Do" list as part of a daily timeline. This way I know what I have to do the next day and where I have to be at a certain time.
The nice thing about writing lists is that items can get crossed off when they are purchased or the task gets completed. This helps build my self-esteem so at least I can tell myself that I am getting something accomplished.
There are times when lists can be frustrating. For instance, I remember starting a list outlining the various projects that I wanted to finish at home. Even though many of the projects were not a high priority, I wanted to remind myself that there were things to get done around the house whenever I found the time.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to find that list so I have no idea what needs to get done at home - until I sit down in my recliner and look around. That's when I notice that one of the cats found the list and is using it as a toy. Upon unraveling the list is one item that stands out: "Spend more time with cats".
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