THE civilised world may well be divided into those who make lists and those who don’t.
I’m not just thinking shopping lists here (although these are obviously sensible and indicate a positive list interest) but the daily “to do” lists that can organise our lives, both private and professional.
Lists are a wonderful thing – and it’s important to acknowledge that this doesn’t mean a few words scribbled on your phone Notes, although that’s obviously helpful.
Lists are best jotted down physically on paper, preferably in a notebook, then you have the definite satisfaction of crossing off each item as it’s achieved.
While lists are certainly useful in domestic life, they can be vital in business life. The day can be mapped out via a list of tasks to be performed, all prioritised into the most important and even colour-coded if you are citing tasks done by other people.
Sometimes, you might want to add a general time-scale for a particular task. Personally – and I accept this sounds like a severe case of OCD – I have lists which cross-reference to other lists!
But, really, they don’t have to rule your life and there are helpful boundaries. For example, be realistic about what you can actually achieve in a working day. If your list is too long, too demanding, you are automatically placed in a position of stress which impacts negatively on you.
Have short-term and long-term objectives, or even separate lists, so you can still achieve what you want over a longer time-scale. Share your lists if need be, especially if you job-share or are working on tasks with colleagues.
They may be grateful for your super-organised approach to work. Mind you, on the other hand, they may not be a list person at all, and just prefer to wing it.