I have lists for my lists

Please tell me that I am not alone in this.

Do you make lists for everything?

I do!

Everyone I know tells me that I am the most organized person they know. And I pride myself in my ability to be organized and multitask and get more done in a day than most people can in a week. I am pretty obsessed with getting things done, so much so that some may consider it pathologic. I just call it a way of life. Okay fine, I’m a little bit anal retentive- Type A if you will.

For me, the biggest stress in life is being disorganized, not having a plan or having gaps of time when nothing is happening. I hate that feeling and I never want to feel stressed out. This is not to say that I don’t like free time lounging like the next person. It’s just that most of my lounging time is scheduled unless I’m on vacation then the lists go out the window.

First I have a master list where I write down my long term goals. Be a better person, loose some weight, career goals, run a marathon etc

Then I start each day with a daily list.

What do I need to accomplish for the day? This list basically takes me through hour by hour from waking to sleeping, what I need to get done for the day. So this list may look something like this and will change from day to day.

This is a sample daily list for the purpose of this blog only.

Then within the main daily list there will be sublists

For instance within my work day I may need to call and schedule an appointment with the dentist or return a phone call or email. If grocery shopping is on my list for the day, then I need a list for the items to buy from the grocery store. If I have a dinner party, I have a list of guests and a list for the menu and one for all the things I need to do to prepare for it, like get hair done, nails, clean house etc.

I have a birthday gift list for family and friends

I have a vacation travel list

I have a list for books I want to read

I start my Christmas gift list in the summer

I have a calender list for major upcoming events

I have a list for my lists- no joke. I make my lists on paper, on my phone, my laptop, wherever I can write something down. I have about 4 different list making apps on my phone. I know it all sounds crazy, but trust me it works. This list making is certainly not for the faint of heart. But the more you do it, the more it becomes second nature. They say it takes about 2 weeks of doing something repetitively (every day) for it to become a habit.

The last thing I do before I go to sleep, is look at my list one last time and see what I was able to get done for that day.

To me, there is no greater sense of accomplishment than to cross items off the to do list. If you find that you could not complete all your tasks for the day, there is nothing wrong with moving it on the next day’s list.

This I find is the best way to get things done and not procrastinate.

Who’s with me?

What lists do you make?

I would love to see your comments below.

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25 thoughts on “I have lists for my lists

  1. Thank you for the inspiration. I wish I could make more lists on a regular basis! What APA do you rec? And if you have multiple of them , which do you choose to use? For me , I just put things down on our family calendar otherwise it’s just not manageable with 4 kids. The idea of crossing off to do list is victorious, I just wish I naturally can make AND check my lists. Clearly I rely way too much on my mind to remember…

    1. Thank you so much for reading. I do love my lists. My favorite aps are 1-do! and 2- anylist. There is one called cardlists to help you organize your Xmas card list with addresses etc. I cannot rely on my mind. Nothing would ever get done- lol

    1. Haha- me too. As I sit here making a list of what I ate yesterday- they call it food journaling-lol

  2. I make lists every once in a while and it is very satisfying to tick off everything/most things at the end of the day.
    I ALWAYS make a list of things to pack whenever I am travelling because I really hate forgetting things.

  3. I post a lot of lists on my site but, ironically, I seldom use them in real life. When I take a list to the grocery store, it usually sits in my pocket the entire time, as if taking a little trip to the store just for the fun of it. If my list is very well behaved, I sometimes take it to a movie or a museum…

  4. I cannot do the list thing. Making lists would be giving into the fact that even I cannot organize the simple things in my mind. It is like the watch that tells you to get up. I constantly challenge myself to manage it all in my mind so that I can stay sharp for old age. Now, you have 20,000 times more to do in your days, so therein may be the difference. πŸ™‚
    Keep going, loving your blog!

    1. Challenging the mind for old age is definitely a must. But think of the list as reminders in case you forget something. Thanks for reading and supporting.

  5. I agree there’s nothing more gratifying than having a list all crossed off. Sometimes I add something I’ve just completed- that way I can cross it off. I heard Hoda Kotb does the same thing. And she says if it’s something that will take 3 minutes or less, don’t put it on the list just do it.

  6. Hi, Jovita
    Making list helps to clear many things in your mind when too many things are going on in life. I make list when I am stuck, or when there is party or guests for dinner.

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