Hi! My name is Sandy and I'm a list maker. I make lists of lists. I list things I’ve already done just so I can cross them off! I have a notebook for each list. Is there a list makers anonymous group? Because maybe I need to go. List making is a simple pleasure for me. Maybe it doesn’t sound “simple” or “pleasurable” to you. But I’m going to make a believer out of you... With a list! Hah!
So here’s a list of four reasons you should become a list maker:
1) It helps you be intentional and focused. Have
you ever said to yourself, ” I’m going to do that someday” and then you
never do? Life can get in the way of our good intentions. We get busy
and things fall by the wayside. But making a list of what we intend to
do keeps things in the forefront of our minds. We are more apt to be
intentional about the things we want or need to do if we make a list.
It’s the best way to actually do the things you intend to do!
2) It keeps you organized. We live in an ordered
world. The sun rises and sets. The seasons follow one after the other.
OK sometimes in Minnesota, the season of Spring is skipped but still.
There is order there. There is even order in how our bodies work. And
if we want to live in the flow of this order we need to be orderly and
organized ourselves. Yes, we do! I can hear some of you “messies” out
there bitterly resisting this but it is true. And making lists of things
helps us keep our lives orderly and ordered.
3) It helps you remember. Now that I’m getting
older I tend to forget some things. If I didn’t make lists, I would
forget half the things I intended/needed/wanted to do. But even if you
are not old like me, let’s be honest here, you can forget some things.
Who hasn’t gone to the grocery store without a list and got home only to
have forgotten some things? And doesn’t that get frustrating? And time
consuming when you have to go back to the store?
4) It adds to the fun of the events you want to
happen. Did you see the movie, “Bucket List”? As a chronic list maker
you’d think that would be at the top of my list of things to do. Didn’t
get there. It wasn’t on my list. As a result of that movie more people
are making lists of things they want to do. But not necessarily before
they die. They just want to make sure they do them… so
they make a list. If you haven’t done that, you are missing out on some
fun! Making the list, the anticipation, the planning, the imagining, the
dreaming, is all part of the fun of the event itself. In fact, it has
been discovered that people have more fun in the planning than the
actual event. That is because your brain doesn’t know the difference
between imagining the event and the event itself! So you double your
So go get yourself a new notebook or journal, a pen or pencil, a cup
of your favorite beverage, a place to get comfortable, and start your
list making. In the end it will make life easier and more enjoyable.
Start with your fun bucket list, then go on from there…things to do
list, grocery list, home project list, things to take on vacation list,
blog posting list, a list of your lists…
I’m off to make my “2015 Summer Bucket List”!