There’s something satisfying about writing lists, in my opinion. I think this goes back to my childhood and memories of my mother carefully creating beautifully handwritten lists in whatever notebook she was using at the time. I wasn’t allowed to look in these notebooks – she wrote Christmas and birthday present lists, which she wanted to keep a secret – and curiously I respected her rule and never gave in to temptation. Occasionally, she would show me a page and it was pretty mundane: a list of household chores to be completed, or items to be bought when she next went shopping. But her habit left a lasting impression and I have to confess that I am a listaholic. Here is a list of five things I make lists about.
1. The books I read. I write them in a notebook or diary but also keep a digital list on Goodreads.
2. My goals for the week. These are written in my diary. I try to ensure I don’t make too many goals each week so I’ve got a better chance of achieving them, but it doesn’t always work.
3. The things I need to do. I used to write these in a notebook but I now use the Errands app on my phone. Check it out if you’re into To-Do lists and tracking – it’s great.
4. The projects I’m working on (knitting, sewing, writing, art, running and anything else I’m interested in). Because I sometimes put a project down for a few months, I also list the next steps for each project so I can more easily return to it.
5. Random lists that have been prompted by other people. For example, five things I love about snow or five things I want to teach my children.
Are you a listaholic? What do you write lists of?