Lists are good
I’m definitely a list person. In fact, I think most of my family members are list people. I’m not completely sure about my 14-year-old son yet. But I am certain that my 10-year-old-daughter is a list person. (I have proof).
For list people, it’s difficult to stay on point without first making a list, even if it’s a mental list. That’s generally how I operate. I might not have taken the time to put pen to paper, but I operate best from a list.
I think about my list throughout the day but I’m particularly focused on the list as the day wears down and I settle in for the night. I admit that sometimes, when I haven’t been making the progress I think I should, the list keeps me up at night.
Here are four reasons why lists are good:
- They help prioritize.
- They keep you on task.
- You’ll accomplish your work sooner.
- You’ll stay motivated to get to the next item.
For list people, nothing is quite as satisfying as “crossing off the list.”
My daughter knows I use lists. I carry notebooks of paper at all times, and she’s used them too. When she was 7, I realized for the first time how much of my own obsession had taken hold. I was at dinner with a business client and I pulled out my notebook. I flipped through pages looking for a blank one and found this note scrawled in a child’s handwriting: “We need a plan for my birthday.”
Like I said, lists will keep you focused. Take time to make a list, and I guarantee you’ll get more done.