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Jan 14, 2019 08:34:10

The healing power of lists

by @jessica | 256 words | 🐣 | 36💌

Jessica

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I, quite rightly, get mocked slightly whenever I unironically use the phrase, 'I'll add it to my list'. The truth of the matter is, that I am most likely literally grabbing a pen or pencil and adding whatever you've asked me to do/check/buy/sort to my daily list.

When term-time is in full swing I normally have a daily list – at the moment I'm using ToDoist, but I'm very fickle and change apps, if I use them, often –  that I break all my tasks for the day down into tiny, manageable, cross-offable ones. 

It looks stupid and counter-productive when I have things like 'empty bin' or 'read this one-page article' on my list, but on bad days having 'shower' and 'make bed' on my list and being able to start the day with the sense of at least getting two things done is helpful, and reassuring.

I had a teacher at school who, when talking about my tendency to listify (which definitely isn't a word, but should be) she told me how, when her mother died, the only thing that kept her literally moving around and doing things was making lists every day. Lists for absolutely anything and everything, so that she could see small things that were still manageable and build them up into a day, then days, then weeks.

They're certainly not for everyone, and I am not stringent enough to use them every day, but crossing things off lists, however small, can help organise and get through your day.

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    @jessica
    Do you know each other?
    @Arcticloon
    https://200wordsaday.com/words/a-list-of-lists-40925c3c1fb97fac1

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 14, 2019 16:30:20
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      @lucjah haha no we don't, just an example of great minds I guess...

      Jessica avatar Jessica | Jan 14, 2019 17:49:07
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      @jessica @lucjah Nice, really sounds familiar :) There is just something satisfying being able to cross off an item from the list.

      Janne Koponen avatar Janne Koponen | Jan 15, 2019 08:17:58
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    @jessica I'm definitely a "lister" and love to listify (introduce this wonderful word to the wider world, 200WaD seems a good place to start :-) maybe a hashtag?! I will definitely join.
    I also very much like categorizing how about you?
    https://200wordsaday.com/words/moving-1a-2a-3b-40415c3b9ea9d8a2f
    <<on bad days having 'shower' and 'make bed' on my list and being able to start the day with the sense of at least getting two things done is helpful, and reassuring>> I do have bad days, so this seems a great idea!

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 14, 2019 16:24:33
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      @lucjah hey thank you! I hope listify becomes a 'thing' !

      Jessica avatar Jessica | Jan 14, 2019 17:48:46
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    @jessica Life is a list. - Basile Samel ?

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 14, 2019 15:57:23
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      @basilesamel haha I would agree! A pretty long one for sure ...

      Jessica avatar Jessica | Jan 14, 2019 11:42:13
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