Why You Should Have More Than Just a To-Do List
OK…true confession. I’m a list girl.
There. I said it.
I write lists all day long. Mostly to-do lists. I’m pretty good with a running to-do list.
However. I have resisted LISTS. You know. A book of lists? Remember when LISTS were on trend? Yeah. Well. I avoided that. For reasons I am not even really sure of now.
But. I think I am seeing the light. The need for lists. More than that. The need for a place for those lists to reside.
And so. I am succumbing. This year I will be keeping lists. In an organized fashion. And by organized I mean pretty.
I will be using the Heidi Swapp edition of Journal Studio for this 2019 list project. The notebooks that carry a couple of inserts will be a beautiful edition to my already existing planners and journals.
I’ve given a title to this Journal. Strangely enough I have called it Book of Lists. The Heidi Swapp Journal Studio Sticker book includes several pages of alpha letters. That’s what I used to make this title. Brilliant, I know.
Recently I read an article over on npr.org. The post was called 10 Reasons Why We Love Making Lists. Maybe it started with David Letterman’s Top 10 List. That’s considered an art form in and of itself. I mean, we are already making lists about all the basic things in our life: Menus. Grocery. Daily. Packing. You know. All the normal lists.
It was not so much that I wanted to jump on a trend. And it’s not so much that everything I was going to write down was going to get attention or get done. Actually. This is to be a couple of things. One, it’s a sort of it’s own memory keeping journal. Some of the lists I have included so far reveal my ‘here and now’. What’s happening in my life presently. And if I don’t write and date these current thoughts down…well, I will forget. And it all just becomes a blur.
Another item to note: there is a sort of pressure release to have these lists written down. There is power in the writing of that which is in our heads endlessly rambling around. A book of lists creates a space outside of ourselves for all the things that simply need a home. It’s a management of the loose ends that may very well need to be acted upon, but are found lost in all the other thoughts we are attempting to maintain. Yep. List books are indeed a good idea.
Lists can help us remember things. Of course first we have to write the items down. And then we have to refer to them often. That’s why I plan to make this book what I call a ‘working journal’. It will become part of my weekly routine to take a moment to refer to it. Check off maybe an item that is completed. Or simply remind myself of something of importance. Like…why have I never written down the endless books that I come across in my daily routine? This list will be acted on often. It will even require another list in my Journal for the books I HAVE read.
Lists can be meaningful. As the new year turned it’s page, I was identifying areas of growth opportunities for me. As one idea led to another, I knew I would not be able to actually work on all these ideas. That said. This list still needed a home.
Utilizing the Journal Ephemera, a paper pack that includes a wonderful assortment of tags, as well as the Sticker Book with it’s many labels, I created this page that holds just a little bit more meaning. As I focus on a few of these growth points, I will still have a running list of items to work on. They won’t get lost in my mind anywhere. These points are right here for me anytime I am able to pick them up again.
Lists help me to bring some order to chaos. This is something I really needed to have on hand. And that little sticker inside the Sticker Book of birthdays was a great prompt for me to actually finally create a birthday list in my life. I am going to love having a birthday list and will be adding to this as the year goes on. I hate missing people’s birthday. This informational list is going to be handy dandy all the year long.
Remember how lists can also aid in memory keeping? Well..Using the ‘meals’ sticker from the Sticker Book prompted this meals list that I am indeed using as a sort of way to remember what meal routine looked like right now.
The purpose of this list is to provide an insight into everyday life. Just a little glimpse. It will be one of those pages I look back on years down the road with an ‘oh…that’s what life looked like with a house full of kiddos’. Sigh…OK…moving on…
Did you know lists can make you famous??? Well…OK…maybe not famous. But you can look like you got it all going on with a list of things to do around your neighborhood.
I should have started this list long ago. Because it’s going to make me famous with my people. When they get that ‘bored’ look on their face. I just gonna whip out this running list of things to do around here and I’ll look like a hero in their eyes. Right? Work with me…I’m pretty sure this is going to work.
Making a list does not get the things done. It does not make way for an idea or for the ‘to-do’s to be checked off. Lists are places. Places revealing thoughts, hopes and remembrances. We memory keepers love to remember. And what better way to remember the trivial to the important than with a pretty and organized list.