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Confessions of a Habitual List Maker

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Welcome back to my confessions.  I hope that you are enjoying my little quirks!

This confession is going to be all about my habitual list making skills.  Maybe it isn’t a skill so much as it is a compulsion.  Lists are a great way for me to get things out of my head and onto the paper.  It allows me, the visual person I am, to see the tasks ahead of me.

Confessions of a habitual list maker and what I use

Reasons for Writing Lists:

  • The ability to see what needs to be done
  • The feeling of accomplishment when checking things off
  • Keeps the focus on moving forward
  • Ensures that you are on task
  • Allows you to free up brain matter for other things

Now that you know why I write lists, you may understand a bit more about how my brain works.  Errr, doesn’t work?  It is very hard for me to focus on what needs to be done when I have to think about it.  I get overwhelmed and shut down.  Are you like me?  You may need to be a habitual list maker too.

How to get started:

Writing lists is easy and I recommend that everyone make lists for different areas of their lives when they need guidance and help knowing how and when to move forward.  Nothing fancy is needed for making lists.  Just pens and papers.  You can use as fancy of papers and notebooks as you want.  Which leads me to…

What I use for my lists:

  • Erin Condren Life Planner – I use 2 of these.  One is for my personal lists and planning and the second is for work.  Both of these allow me room to write out what needs to be done on that particular day and cross it off.  There is a section that I can use for goals and notes.  It is virtually my brain during the day.
  • Erin Condren Notebook – I am not an employee of EC, promise!  I just love her products. The notebooks are awesome because you can add and take away sections.  I like having the ability to keep lists of the products I have made, products I plan to make, posts I want to write, and much more in the notebook.
  • Arc Mini – I use this to keep track of my extended to-do lists.  I keep a running list of everything that needs to be done and notes to go along with that list.  This lets me be super anal organized with my at-home business and personal life.
  • At any given times you will find my desk covered in lined Post-It notes, mini note cards, and notepads.  I use them all to write things out and then transfer to my other notebooks.

So, there you have it.  The why and how of my list making habit. It keeps me moving forward and going each day.

What do you do to ensure that you are getting things done?

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