My father is very meticulous in everything he does. I remember seeing him making lists as a child. While I saw him making grocery lists, expenses list, things to buy list etc. I have gone a step further and become a compulsive list maker. I make lists for everything… things to pack for a trip, list of friends to invite for dinner over the next few months, the dinner menu for a get-together, things to do for diwali cleaning, gifts ideas, ideas for blog posts, bills to pay, list of eateries to explore… then there are wish-lists for books, gadgets… I even have bucket lists and am in process of making an anti-bucket list too. My notepads on my bedside table, a pocket diary in my bag and my smartphone has lists of all these things and much more.
- Lists help me to organize better. Listing the task into smaller do-able parts makes the daunting task less intimidating and everything happens smoothly as I know what needs to be done and when. For example, Diwali Cleaning usually gives us heebie jeebies, initially. But with a list like this, (this is my last year’s Diwali Cleaning list), the task appears simpler and less overwhelming.
- Lists keep me focussed. With a list in hand, I can review from time to time the important stuff that needs to be finished first. It keeps me on track and focussed in case I stray away.
- Lists are time savers. Since I have already planned and/or thought about the task in advance, I can finish the job easily on time and without any last minute rush.
- Lists eliminate stress. Needless to say, with better planning and better time management, I am free from unwanted stress.
- Lists acts as great reminders. They help me to remember what I have already done and what is still pending. And with writing a list I am usually not forgetting any important thing.
- Lists increase the happiness and satisfaction quotient. Nothing is more rewarding and satisfying than seeing the tick against the tasks that you have accomplished.
- Lists evoke nostalgia. Lists are actually the chronicles of your life. If you are writing the various lists you generate in a notebook, you can get an account of your life during a particular period. For example, the list below is for the things that we needed after marriage, to make our home. And this list always takes me back in time… how we planned, the discussions we had about the curtain colour (how I was stuck on ‘mera wala green!), the shops we scoured between Borivili and Andheri… And today, when I saw this notepad again, I am smiling on noting that one thing has still not made its entry in our home from this list. Yes, even after 17 years! It’s the ironing board, which is still unchecked and I am smiling at why it is so. This notepad has the list of 14 friends we had invited for our first house-warming…. the names have took my heart to a time travel… it’s been ages we spoke to so many of them and only with one we are in regular touch…
Are you a list person like me? Do share the lists that you usually maintain.