Hi, my name is Lauren and I’m a List Maker/Planner and I’ve been this way ever since I could write!
Seriously. I was the 10 year old that would make a “Daily Morning Schedule” at the beginning of each new school year. It’s alright, you’re allowed to laugh.
But hey, I was more organized than most adults!
FAST FOWARD 20 (cough) Years..
Next week, my little family is taking a road trip to Alabama to visit my Dad and Step-Mom for Halloween. I’ve been in full on List Making Mode the last few days trying to get ahead of the game and the 12+hour drive…. with a 3 year old. BT Dubs- Prayers are welcomed and appreciated.
….while the list making was in full swing, I wondered how many other people need to plan/ write things out like me and if most people just fly by the seat of their pants, roll with the punches and throw things in the bag the morning of?!?! (Seriously, the thought of that makes me itch.. LOL).
We are all wired uniquely and have different ways of seeing through our day to day tasks and/or our short-term and long-term goals. I wholeheartedly believe that “list making” is not just for the well organized, obsessive compulsive or professional planners. It can be a HUGE benefit for everyone, in any walk of life.
5 Benefits of List Making
1.) Help You Remember To Not Forget:
This one is probably the most obvious benefit of list making. But I tell you, the unparalleled shock and panic that comes from randomly remembering that you forgot to do something FIVE days after it should have been done is never a good situation. Ever.
2.) Can Help Beat Procrastination:
Whether we admit it or not, we all have that thing that we procrastinate doing. Let’s face it, grocery shopping, oil changes, cleaning out the garage, or folding laundry, can be the suckiest parts of “adulting”. Sucky as they can be, they are super important and can easily be procrastinated when you are faced with a busier than normal week! But don’t worry, if you don’t get around to the task today, you can always put it on tomorrow’s list.. 😉
3.) For Sanity’s Sake:
I am a “Steady” personality and mostly introverted. This means that I process most things inwardly and sudden changes can throw me for a loop! I have found that making a list, no matter how big or small, can be somewhat therapeutic and a big stress relief when my brain feels overwhelmed.
Side Note: I find that actually writing out my lists as opposed to typing one in my notes app really aids the stress relief!
4.) Can help you Focus:
Someone very close to me has battled with ADD/ADHD all of their life. Keeping their mind on the task at hand is hard enough, but when asked to multitask, it’s just almost too much for their brain to process. For them, writing out a daily task list helps them focus. It gives them a boost of confidence they need knowing that they are not forgetting anything and it also gives them a little nudge to complete the list by the end of the day.
5.) Tangible Accomplishment:
There is something SO rewarding about crossing off a task or goal that you have completed. It’s the visual and tangible confirmation that you’ve been kicking some serious task and goal butt and didn’t let the weight of it all crush you! One little check mark can help create a wave of momentum that will help you achieve your next task or goal! Take a deep breath, pat yourself on the back, and with confidence, move on to the next. YOU GOT THIS!
If you aren’t convinced that list making is AWESOME after reading this awesome list about lists.., and if you’re not running for a pen and paper to start your own, go back up to the top and give a little re-read. HA! 😉
All jokes aside, I really hope that this has shed a little light into the wonderful world of list making and I sincerely hope that it can help YOU in your day-to-day tasks and longer term goals!
Until next time,
Habakkuk 2:2- “.. Write the vision down and make it plain and clear”