Are you a list person? Do you spend hours each week creating, modifying, marking off, and moving your lists? If you are, then you are one of millions of List Makers roaming our streets, teaching our children, and organizing our homes.
I make lists for many things. There’s the annual Christmas list of things to do, gifts to purchase, places to go. The Christmas Card List gets copied and modified each year. It also seems to grow shorter each year as I age and discover who really are friends, and who aren’t. Many people love to go to parties this time of year and need a list of when the parties are, where they are, what to take, and what to wear. There’s the Decorating the Christmas Tree List. What to put on it, what to leave off it, what needs bought, what needs stored.
Every year on New Year’s Eve, I make a list of things I have accomplished during the year, things I want to improve the next year, and things that surprised me and warmed my heart. It helps me know what I need to improve on and grow with, and what I need to eliminate from my life altogether. Surprise visits from friends, phone calls, and “Thinking of You” cards in the mail go on this list, because they usually make me happy. Both happy times and sad times go on the list. It’s not only to spur my memory, but to give me inspiration for the new year ahead. My list of what I want to accomplish in the upcoming year, what I want to do to the house, and what personal goals I want to set all go in my notebook.
Each week, I have a grocery list, to-do list, pet food list, and sometimes what I want to watch on TV list. Sometimes, I think I need to have a list of my lists just to keep track of all I have listed. It helps to keep them all in one place, like the $1 notebook I carry around with me. Otherwise, my lists end up disappearing and don’t resurface again until I’m cleaning out my handbag or wallet, and sometimes that’s not for a long time in between.
Then, there’s the book list. What books have I read, what were the best ones, what were the not so good ones, and what do I want to read in the future. I keep telling myself I will one day have an up-to-date list of all the books I own, but so far that hasn’t happened. It’s on my to-do list.
I have lists I’ve never even used yet, like the cleaning list I downloaded from the Internet. The list of how to organize my closets and lists of cleaning products I need to have on hand. The list of ingredients for homemade laundry detergent I want to try is waiting on me in a drawer. These all need to go on a Someday I Wanna Do List.
Are you an accomplished List Maker, or an aspiring one? What kind of lists do you make and do you organize them?