Do you write lists?
I know a lot of bloggers blog their ‘to do’ lists. There is even a blog where you can submit your handwritten to do list. Why? I am not sure, but there is, and it is strangely compelling reading. Apparently your ‘to do list’ can reveal a lot about you, though I am yet to totally unlock that secret.
I wonder what my ‘to do’ lists would reveal about me?
I am not an obsessive list maker, in fact I rarely wrote a list until about a year a go. I guess it was then that my brain finally gave up the ghost (or should that be goat?) while waiting for child number three to be born (third child, second birth, and the first pregnancy was only short so my brain didn’t totally go until the second time around.) With two small children and a brain like a sieve I suddenly needed to write stuff down so I didn’t forget it, though I kept forgetting to read the list so I forgot it anyway.
Since then I’ve perfected my own personal list style. I have a ‘book of stuff’ – it is partly a book of to do lists, partly a book of things I need to remember and partly a way to get stuff out of my head. I tend to write stuff at the end of the day, when I am in bed, things that I need to remember for the next day or the rest of the week or whenever.
I also, ahem, have to admit to writing things on my list after I have done them. Sometimes I sit down at the end of the day to look at what I have written for the week and to cross off things I have done.. and often I can’t really cross many things off, sometimes I haven’t done anything that I listed. Then I admit I do tend to add a few things that I have done. It’s not so much so that it looks like I have done something (anything), but more so I can get the day straight in my head a little.. decompress as it were.
You can get software that lets you write your lists on the computer, online even! Techcrunch reviews a few here but as much as I am in love with my computer I need to hand write my lists. I think it has perhaps got to do with my reason for writing lists – which is predominantly to ‘get stuff out of my head and organised somewhat’ so the physicality of actually writing that stuff down, of being able to draw things and doodle things is very helpful.
Maybe I am not so much a ‘to do’ list writer, more of a list writer in general. I need to sort out my head so I write lists of things I need to remember, things I need to do, things I’d like to do, things I have done…..
I could however, do with a decent PC reminder system, for dates and notes and things like that. Something that beeped at me or flashed at me when I needed to remember that my mother-in-laws birthday is coming up or that it is library day at kinder, that sort of thing. I know outlook does that but I don’t find that particularly user friendly – my days are not divided into hourly segments, I don’t know what exact time I need to remember to buy bread I just know I need to remember. I guess I find it a little too business for me – I want something more family friendly and cuter! Recommendations anyone?
I am still refining the use of the list in my life, which sounds so anal, but if you saw how messy my ‘stuff book’ was you’d realise that the way I do it is anything but anal, if only it was a little bit anal. Maybe I should take a photo and show you… oh bugger I can’t because I am running late to pick up the girls and need to find the list of things we need to take to our RCH appointment that I wrote last night and haven’t checked till now… arrghh… see anything but anal!