LISTING can be addictive. You know you’re hooked when you start making a list of lists and send yourself a reminder to make a list.
But Lists have their uses. some of my regular lists:
- Daily list of Things to Do
Not quite as basic as “get out of bed”, “shower”, “clean teeth” – but not far off
- Weekly list of what is happening in the following seven days:
meetings, outings, stuff I want to get finished to a deadline competition entries etc. Also includes reminders for birthdays and other significant days. (I don’t quite need reminding that Christmas Day is on 25th December – not yet! But ‘m sure will come to this,eventually.)
- Shopping lists
Am I the only one who finds Excel a helpful way to keeping track of grocery and household shopping? I have one enormous list with just about everything on it and when a trip to the supermarket is needed I go through this master list and mark off the things we’re going to need this time round. I print it out and mark off the items as we trek round the supermarket.
Of course this isn’t infallible I’ve sometimes come home with a nice neat list but minus a couple of the things I meant to buy, usually important or essential items too.
- Packing Lists
When we go on holiday, even for only a couple of nights I have a packing list of all the things that we might conceivably need during our time away. I use three columns for “His” “Hers” and “Ours” – the last-named incldes such things as sandwiches toeat on the journey, maps and chargers for mobile phones and any other electronic gadgets we are taking.
- Then of course there are the inevitable Christmas lists -subdivided into
1 Christmas card
2 Card and present
3 Card and present and letter.
It all looks beautifully organised and efficient – I wish!
I can still get my lists into a terrible muddle. especially when writing to someone I only contact at Christmas and find myself struggling to remember some relative’s name or someone else’s address.