L Is For List

freeimage-4720322-web“Write a list,” she said. “It’ll help you,” she said.

I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical. The idea of writing a list seemed to me about as appealing as eating toenail clippings from an old man of poor hygiene. My cynicism quickly vanished as I discovered a tool that has kept me sane over recent years.

My mind clutters easily. Ideas, chores, deadlines, thoughts, worries, stories; as more appear, it can become rather crowded and disorganized. Whilst some pass away upon completion, others, for example ideas in embryonic form, are smothered before they are given chance to grow, simply because I cannot keep everything in my head at one time and be able to function in society. I relate to Homer Simpson, when he says “every time I learn something new, it pushes something old out of my brain!” Lists are a way of downloading thoughts, things I have to do, clearing my mind, helping me realize what has been getting me stressed. Give it a go!

Here is a list of some of the lists that I write:

  • Possible characters
  • Name bank for characters
  • Story ideas
  • Bills I need to pay
  • Work tasks
  • Chores
  • Dreams
  • Goals
  • Books I’ve read this year
  • Books I want to read
  • Places I want to go
  • People I plan to spend time with
  • Letters I need to write
  • Blog ideas
  • Favourite movies
  • Favourite songs
  • Adjectives
  • Groceries
  • Gift ideas
  • Birthdays
  • Quotes
  • Worries
  • Things I want to do
  • What I’d buy if I had unlimited resource
  • Concerts I want to go to
  • Playlists
  • People who inspire me
  • Lists that I need to write

What lists do you write?

P.S. The observant or addicted of you may be frantically searching my blog for “J is for..” and “K is for…” Fear not my dedicated friends. I just decided to skip the order. Yes, really.

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2 thoughts on “L Is For List

  1. I love that you write lists about lists that you have to write 😀 Perfect.
    I write daily ‘To Do’ lists, and although I don’t always keep to them, it helps me to see what I still need to do, and what I’m procrastinating about.

  2. I also keep a daily to do list. It helps with keeping the house clean, get artwork and story chapters done on time, and also helps me keep track of what day it is–which is hard if I am really focused of a story, since I work at home. 🙂

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