To Do Lists

I noticed the “Blogger Buzz,” as it talked about the new book which is a complilation of “To do lists.”

I very strongly dislike lists. I’ve learned others love them (like my husband). I accept that and even give him things to add to his list. But, he knows not to make one for me. When he makes one on the side and slips in the reminders, he is caught red-handd, always. On occassion, I’ll ask him to remind me and that is ok.

Now, the worst thing of all, I occassionaly now need to make my own lists so I don’t forget. I was always willing to do timelines for business projects, but personal lists just buzz around in my head. As each year passes, it seems the lists are ganging up on me and saying, “You won’t forget if you make a list.” Sounds good, but I forget the list. However, as much as I hate to admit it, when I do make a list, even if I leave it behind, I remember what was on it. The process of writing or using the keyboard registers and stays with me.

In summary, I have to say all lists are not bad. I just hope I don’t come to depend on them.

Maralyn D. Hill

http://www.noralyn.com/

4 Responsesto “To Do Lists”

  1. twlack says:

    Maralyn, I’ve always been a list maker. I don’t understand why someone would find lists objectionable. It seems like so much time is wasted trying to recall the things you need or want to do. Or going back to the store to get that thing you needed and forgot. And it doesn’t get better with age!

    I just recently created a FileMaker data base called “Things To Do” which organizes my lists into categories and I can add items I need to buy to each “Thing To Do’ and then print out shopping lists sorted by the store I need to visit.

    Does that make me anal-retentive? I guess. Does it make my life simpler? I know!

  2. twlack says:

    Maralyn, I’ve always been a list maker. I don’t understand why someone would find lists objectionable. It seems like so much time is wasted trying to recall the things you need or want to do. Or going back to the store to get that thing you needed and forgot. And it doesn’t get better with age!

    I just recently created a FileMaker data base called “Things To Do” which organizes my lists into categories and I can add items I need to buy to each “Thing To Do’ and then print out shopping lists sorted by the store I need to visit.

    Does that make me anal-retentive? I guess. Does it make my life simpler? I know!

  3. Maralyn says:

    Tim, Thanks for your comments. Even though I succumb to some lists due to age, they just are not my thing.

    I’ve always made them for organizational projects as a hired consultant, as it laid out the responsibility for everyone involved. I had a wonderful employee who needed her lists to cross off every day. She was always organized and efficient. So, I do understand those who want lists.

    On a personal basis, I prefer for them to form as I’m going. With trips to the store, I rarely have to go back. If I need a lot of things and make a list, I usually leave it a home. But, the act of writing the item down, stays in my mind.

    I think my dislike for lists goes back to my teenage years with a stepmother who made lists, and lists, of things for me to do.

    According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, MBTI© which divides people into 16 different personality types based on their preferences, approximately 60% or so prefer lists. When I studied this in order to be certified to give seminars, I gained an understanding of those who need and love lists, and those who don’t.

    You fall in the same category as my husband. He needs, and likes his lists. I’ll just tell him to add something to his list. It’s great, as once it is on the list, it gets done.

    Your FileMaker data base called “Things To Do,” sounds exceptional for you. I’m delighted you have it, just don’t ask me to use it.

  4. Maralyn says:

    Tim, Thanks for your comments. Even though I succumb to some lists due to age, they just are not my thing.

    I’ve always made them for organizational projects as a hired consultant, as it laid out the responsibility for everyone involved. I had a wonderful employee who needed her lists to cross off every day. She was always organized and efficient. So, I do understand those who want lists.

    On a personal basis, I prefer for them to form as I’m going. With trips to the store, I rarely have to go back. If I need a lot of things and make a list, I usually leave it a home. But, the act of writing the item down, stays in my mind.

    I think my dislike for lists goes back to my teenage years with a stepmother who made lists, and lists, of things for me to do.

    According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, MBTI© which divides people into 16 different personality types based on their preferences, approximately 60% or so prefer lists. When I studied this in order to be certified to give seminars, I gained an understanding of those who need and love lists, and those who don’t.

    You fall in the same category as my husband. He needs, and likes his lists. I’ll just tell him to add something to his list. It’s great, as once it is on the list, it gets done.

    Your FileMaker data base called “Things To Do,” sounds exceptional for you. I’m delighted you have it, just don’t ask me to use it.

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