If I’ve told you once; I’ve told you a ‘thousand times’… I love lists. Lists are the highlight of my day, the objective truth to an overwhelming morning — my security of accomplishment.
My family knows this extremely well – they can testify to it personally any day. Any friend of mine will admit their witness to my continuous inclination to make lists.
One friend knows me so well and has heard me rant on and on about my list-making love, that she recently bought me a ‘to do list’ notebook! I was in my element.
Ten months ago, my do list looked more like this:
Although I love the scribbles (for in all of my cleanliness I find delight in messy writing on paper) it isn’t very concise or conductive to a sense of accomplishment. In fact, it was probably becoming a little ridiculous in its comprehensiveness. And although being comprehensive is a really important skill, if a to do list gets too long, it only makes me feel unproductive and stressed, taking the pleasure out of the jobs I have to do. Lately I have been writing smaller lists as to not overwhelm me and help me see that I am accomplishing things. So this cheerful, small notebook is just the bees’ knees for me! After all, what is the point of doing things if I can’t enjoy them along the way?!
So tell me… do you find ‘to do lists’ helpful? What happens when you use them? Do your lists get longer or shorter, and are your lists keeping you happy or adding stress?