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As I said in the last blog post, lists have pretty much saved my life. As a younger person I would lose everything: oyster cards, bags, wallets, money, phones...the list goes on. It wasn't until I trained myself to do a mental checklist before I get off a bus or leave my house that this became less of an issue. The only problem is when I'm feeling panicked or frazzled my mind is focused on AVOIDANCE in big red neon letters, or TERROR or something equally cheerful. Those mental checklists go out of the window in that case, and I lose physical things as well as ideas or errands I need to run, even when I need to be at work or at a serious appointment.
So, I've reverted to physicals checklists instead. These can be as detailed and specific as what I'm doing hour by hour, or as vague as a couple of ideas I wanted to explore, or a mood I wanted to maintain throughout the day. I've written notes that say simple things like:
- Get Out Of Bed
- Do Something That Makes You Smile
- Don't be too Hard On Yourself
These may not seem particularly list worthy, but these are things I may honestly neglect to do on a particularly bad day. Listing has some other wonderful benefits other than help with memory, however, which I will share with you now.
(No points for guessing what format I'm going to use...)
A List of Reasons to List Things!
A sense of accomplishment inspires productivity
Lists can make routines, and routines make habits
Getting things out of your cloudy brain
It outlines your steps towards accomplishment
Remember we spoke about responsibility a few weeks ago? Well, look at you taking responsibility for your life by planning ahead! It's awesome, truly, and a sign that you have a desire to work and to improve. Hopefully I've convinced you of the life-saving nature of lists, and have inspired you to make a start on some things you've been meaning to get to for a while now! Comment below, tweet me, or message me however you can to let me know how you feel about lists. Do they help or hinder? Why?