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Saturday, April 13, 2013

936. L Is for Lists

I was born making lists.  In the delivery room, I made sure the nurse weighed me, my father took a picture, and the doctor did a blood test.  Only then could I feel confident to proceed with my day because the big items were checked off the list. 

This list-making obsession continued throughout my childhood.  I would organize backyard kickball tournaments, but just knowing in my head who was on the team was not enough.  It would need to be recorded in navy ballpoint pen in 2-dimensional list form.    
In college, lists were elevated to a whole new level.  I know you are thinking this is how I juggled my classes, but it was actually how I juggled the five different guys I was dating all at once.  I would make lists of the pros and cons of each one.  It was exhausting. 

Once I became a mommy, I could not get through my day without first making a list.  The list would include all my goals for the next 24-hours, realistic things like “Buy cereal,” but sometimes alternate items such as “Take saxophone lessons” or “Learn to knit” would find themselves sneaking onto my lists.  I also have a peculiar habit of adding things to the list after I have already completed them merely so I can cross them off.  For example, if I end up picking up the dry cleaning today instead of tomorrow, you'd better believe I squeeze it onto the list. 
Lists give me immense satisfaction.  I am embarrassed to admit that I now make lists of my lists, sort of an all-encompassing master list to keep me sane.   

Excuse me while I go cross off “Write blog post for letter L (A to Z Challenge).”  Check! 
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34 comments:

  1. I make lists all the time, and I also add the extra things I did so I can see it! Such a great feeling! And I really don't freak out if I don't complete all the things on my list...but it is a great feeling when I do. :)

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    1. ahhhhhhhh, I am not alone in my craziness!

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  2. Lists are a good organizational tool, and I agree crossing something off gives a sense of satisfaction. I don't make lists daily, I make them for specific things, like when we're going on vacation...when I have lots of errands in order not to miss one. That's about it though.

    Did you learn to knit? Enjoyed that note, as I do knit and make lists about yarn and patterns. I donate most of my knitting to my charity, Bridge and Beyond

    .A-Z

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    1. I have not learned to knit, but it is getting closer to the top of my list!

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  3. I'll write a list and them promptly ignore it. Does that count a being a list writer?

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  4. Sometimes I have to put the things I realllly don't want to do on another list, so my "active" list looks like I am making grand progress!

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    1. ha! that will be my new strategy.

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  5. I know the compulsion of wanting to check things off the list. There's not much that feels more satisfying!

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  6. It sounds like you may have a drop of OCD. That's a good quality for a manager.

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    1. you mean I have been demoted from PRESIDENT????????

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  7. I'm like Heather, I write lists and then ignore them. It's not the list itself that is helpful, but the process of organizing my thoughts. Putting it on paper helps the process. That being said, I can't remember the last time I accomplished everything on a list!

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    1. maybe you need to erase the things that were not accomplished so it looks like everything WAS accomplished?

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  8. I am such a list maker, I have unknowingly taught my kids to make lists for me. Not long ago, I found a piece of paper on the counter that said, "1. Buy black paint for J. 2. Buy posterboard for E." They got their supplies the next day, unlike the boys who merely told me in passing. It took me over a week to get them theirs.

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    1. ooooooooooh, they have absorbed Mom's list-making by osmosis! there is a glimmer of hope for my kids too!

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  9. My linear brain forces me to make lists. There is something satisfying about drawing a line through all the stupid shit I have to do, at least I get some since of accomplishment.

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    1. I guess we all need a sense of accomplishment (which is why my list for today starts with "Brush teeth").

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  10. I'm totally a list maker. For Christmas I told everyone to get me notebooks and Post-It's. But the one thing I love more than making lists. Crossing things off of them!

    And wow five guys! How'd you do it? Ones enough! lol

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    1. 5 guys-- none of them were serious, they all just wanted to go out once or twice*.

      (*I think I was too smart and too much pretty for them and too good of a speller and grammarien, scares guys off!)

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  11. I love writing 'to do ' lists, hubby seems to do more stuff when I make a general household list too, he takes great pleasure in scrubbing things off the list, when he has done the of course. Work wise, I wouldn't get anything done without a list, I like to add bits like, get nails done!

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    1. get nails done-- my kind of list!

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  12. Lists are awesome. My life would be in shambles if I didn't have my list. The very nature of a list encourages productivity!

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  13. I write lists, but I tend to lose them about five minutes later. It's always interesting when I come across them again months or even years later and wonder just what "Shave the cat" means.

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  14. Ah, another list freak. Perhaps we're a little OCD?

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    1. Does OCD stand for "Only Cool Dames"?

      Then yes, yes we are.

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  15. LOL. Lists are important. They make organizing easier.

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  16. I like lists, but I tend to use them only for things like what I need at the store, what I need to pack, etc. My brain has an automatic nagging system installed so it keeps mental lists of all the other stuff I need to do and bugs me until I do it.

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    1. Couse, you are so lucky! I do not have the automatic nagging system installed, I instead have the "automatic forgetting system."

      *sigh*

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  17. I love lists too. Is there anything more satisfying than checking off the last unchecked item on a list? No there isn't. Some may say sex, but they are wrong. Unless of course they've incorporated lists into their sex. In which case I may need to rethink this.

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    1. ha! add that to the list...........

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