In control or listing?

The double whammy of being organised.

Listing on the looMy name is Katy and I’m a listoholic.

People think I’m very organised, and yes, I’m pretty on the ball most of the time but to be honest, the only reason I don’t fall over it and get squashed is down to my lists.

Loads of them!

  1. In the kitchen.
  2. In the office…actually I’ve got several on the go there – work, personal and finance.
  3. In my handbag.
  4. The supermarket shopping list.
  5. And then there’s the long-term DIY list.
  6. The jobs-for-the-boyfriend-to-do-at-the-weekend list.
  7. Holiday prep jobs.
  8. Holiday packing list.
  9. All the books I’ve read since 1999.
  10. And the list of books I want to read.
  11. The Christmas shopping list.
  12. Christmas card list – sent and received of course.
  13. House move list…all the people I still haven’t contacted.
  14. All gets a bit complicated so then there’s the daily priorities list!

Need to sort this out. Am I a control freak? Should I just go with the flow? I know people giggle when they see the lists…but they do rely on me being organised (in control?)

I’ve even been known to put ‘Relax; read my book’ on my list’

Are you like me or have you any advice? Don’t think I can give up my little crutch or I’ll come over all anxious and worry I’ll forget things, but I suspect I should cut down a bit.

Is list-making a good thing…helping us to be super-organised and productive? Or does it somehow force us into taking on too much, channelling activity into a predetermined route? Does it reduce the likelihood of other left-field, fun possibilities?

For me, it started at school. “Write down your homework or you won’t remember it.”

So, if you have a mo, I’d love to hear your views on four questions buzzing around in my head…

  1. Is it a female thing? Do more women than men make lists?
  2. Are ‘listers’ actually more organised?
  3. Do we make more lists as we get older?
  4. Do you still prefer a paper list (and physically crossing out things you’ve done) or do you list electronically (and deleting)?

Of course, I’ll understand if some of you want to add to this list!

Katy Sewell

About Katy Sewell

I’m a writer and trainer. And I really like helping businesses (and other people) put some personality into their writing.