I’m a list maker – I like to make a list of things I need to do, want to do, want to see, hope to accomplish, lists for house-cleaning, grocery shopping, spiritual growth, books I’ve read, books I want to read, menus, trip lists, ways to connect with my kids, my husband, friends, lists of creative things that lift my spirit, prayer concerns.
I found a free web-based, list-making program called Ta Da. It’s so simple to use. I keep it on my Google toolbar so that I can add to it when I’m on my computer. It’s accessible and you never lose a list.
I still use paper lists too. There is something so satisfying about drawing a line through an item. It gives such a sense of accomplishment. And a whole list of crossed off items produces an inexplicable sense of triumph.
In fact, I’ve been known to add things that were not on the original list, after I’ve done them, just to have the pleasure of crossing them off.
Should I be worried about that?
I don’t usually finish a list in a day. In fact some things remain on the list for quite a while – months even. Then my lists can feel discouraging, rather than helpful. To avoid that, I like to look at my list and say “What one thing can I do on this list that will make me feel good at the end of the day?”
It might be playing my harp, making my son’s favourite muffins, filling in my new address book or taking a walk. Or, if I want a sense of accomplishment that will carry me for a few days, I’ll do that one thing that has been nagging at me – the thing I’ve been avoiding – even dreading – like cleaning a closet. HT – Lovella 🙂
Oh, the feeling when I check “clean closet” off the list!!
Self-satisfaction bordering on euphoria.
It may even be a bit insufferable
Mr. Toad – Poop! Poop!
But don’t worry – it doesn’t last long.
My kitchen counter
or the perennial cry “I don’t have any clean socks!”
pops that Toad-like smugness and brings me back to reality.
How about you? Are you a list-maker? Share your favourite list-making tips!