It takes an iPhone, copies of class schedules, and a fridge calendar to keep my family on time. Events usually fall into place, but my random lists get unruly. I use to-do lists for planning parties; bucket lists of goals; lists of where I’ve traveled; wish lists of books; lists of accomplishments; even lists of favorite quotes. The Internet even handles lists for me housing titles of flicks to see or pictures I pin up to share.
In my defense, lists are everywhere! Magazines, websites, even TV shows have lists for worse movie posters, best stomach exercises or places to work. I start to feel like a slacker if not paying attention to such time-saving and sage advice. My goal is not to join an elite group that accomplished everything on my list.
I used to purge my lists onto paper, schedule out tasks and inch my way towards the goal. Brain surges scribbled on sticky notes adhered nicely to the pages. I preferred hand-writing the list as it grew then shrank. It was simple to keep an eye on the horizon also. Ironically, I eventually grew tired of writing and lugging it around.
My Blackberry answered my prayers with audible reminders and a snooze feature! When necessary, I simply rescheduled the task items farther out. I loved setting up reminders for everything to unclutter my mind and calendar. I was cautious, but not always successful, to not over-schedule that could lead to snooze abuse.
Despite, or because, of my many lists, there are some I rarely use. Shopping lists are only created for event recipes that happen 1-2 times a year. Checks written only exist on carbon copy, not in a check register – don’t tell my bookkeeper mom.
Now, I’m back to straddling both electronic and paper lists. I have my regular schedule on my iPhone, the rest on paper. That way I can visit my wish lists weekly but they don’t distract me daily. My spiral-bound notebook fits in my purse and captures my thoughts as they flit by. I hope to find a long-term solution and am sure I can find a list of suggestions. Share your top 3 personal favorite lists.