I know that some people say that making lists just isn’t too effective. However, I have to say that if it weren’t for my lists I’d feel like I was getting basically nothing done. I started making lists after I gave birth to my son and became a stay-at-home mother. I was encased within the fog of no sleep and endless new-baby tasks. My husband would come home and ask what I’d done all day and I struggled to remember doing anything beyond baby-related tasks. So, I started making lists of tasks to be accomplished each and every day.
To this day, my list consists of such things as washing dishes, running the dishwasher, laundry, vacuuming, picking up, etc. All those little things that you do during the day, but don’t really consider them “work”. But, my lists also have the bigger things on them like: writing a blog post, chapters for a book, and illustrating the book, along with the dreaded paying of bills, grocery shopping and meal making.
There have been times that I’ve neglected to make lists, however I’ve found that one thing is completely clear. In order to function, I need a list. It’s not so much the remembering to actually do what’s on the list, it’s the crossing out of the things that I’ve accomplished. I get great satisfaction in crossing out the tasks that I’ve finished. Now when my husband comes home and asks what I’ve done, I can reference the crossed-out list. Of course, my list often consists of all the things that I’ve done for him so that he doesn’t have to do them – making doctor appointments, calling insurance agents, etc. All those things where you can be put on hold for thirty minutes or so at a time, which is why I call and he doesn’t.
Probably one of the reasons I like to make lists is that they keep me accountable to my goals. Let me know if you’re a list-maker, and if it helps you accomplish what you want to achieve.