List Mania

ListsI am a chronic list maker.

I knew I had a problem – but I didn’t realize how serious until last night when I cleaned off my desk.

In all of my piles I discovered an embarrassing number of lists, written on different papers, with whatever writing utensil I could find at the time.

There were items scratched on the back of an envelope, chores for the kids on a piece of scratch paper, a grocery list from 2 weeks ago, and a list of 4H kids who needed to be scheduled to bring treats.

I even found the list of the meals we used for the big family gathering here last October. It must have been an amazing list to have saved it for an entire year! (Can you hear the sarcasm?!)

After VBS was done a few weeks ago, I was so exhausted that I told my husband that I wasn’t making a list for an entire week – but that only lasted a day.

It’s an addiction I tell you!

I keep paper in the glove compartments of our vehicles so I can jot down a list when the fancy strikes me.

I guess I’m just a visual person. I need to write down the thoughts in my head or I’m afraid they will get lost in my muddled brain. The busier the time in my life – the more lists I need to make.

I can walk into a store needing 2 things and will totally forget them if they aren’t written down.

I currently have lists for the Big Western Adventure, for our family Labor Day get-together, for 4H record books, for groceries, and one for Wal-Mart.

Those are just the most urgent ones. I also have a list of Christmas ideas for the kids, one of books I want to read and a Sunday School lesson idea for next fall.

But you know – it just feels good to mark something off as completed. (I’ve actually been known to finish a job, then write it down just so I can mark it off!)

A list helps me stay focused and keeps the kids on task.

Without a list I would useless at a store, and quite ineffective at home.

So maybe I shouldn’t be ashamed of compulsive list making. Maybe it’s not so mad after all. It’s not everybody who can carry their brains around all day on clipboard!

Oh – clipboard! That reminds me that I need to find the clipboard before we leave.

I’ll just go write it on the list…

7 thoughts on “List Mania

  1. LOL, I am addicted as you! I have a spiral notebook for every little thing and for the most part, they all sit on my desk! I get so giddy this time of year when they are so cheap! Good thing, huh!


  2. I would have to say that I can totally relate… Like writing something down AFTER it was done just so I can mark it off!?! If I have a To Do List, I can accomplish the things that need done in half the time! :o)



  3. Oh that is sooo funny. I have a dry erase board in my kitchen for that very reason. It’s always got something written on it. I have a list in my purse, always, then I keep a list in my dtrs head always. How? Well on the way to the store I think of things I need and I tell Grace. She remembers everything I tell her ๐Ÿ™‚

    I keep thinking you’ve left~ but you’re still home making lists ๐Ÿ™‚ Did you write on the list, load up in the car and leave? hee hee



  4. Hmmm…Maybe we could start a list makers support and recovery group. Hang on a sec while I grab a pen and paper and we can make a list of everything we’ll need to get started. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  5. My mom’s a list maker, too! And it’s started rubbing off on my brother, which I think is funny, bc he is SO NOT organized in the least! ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess he has to grow up & be responsible some time, right?


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