The double whammy of being organised.
My 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!
- In the kitchen.
- In the office…actually I’ve got several on the go there – work, personal and finance.
- In my handbag.
- The supermarket shopping list.
- And then there’s the long-term DIY list.
- The jobs-for-the-boyfriend-to-do-at-the-weekend list.
- Holiday prep jobs.
- Holiday packing list.
- All the books I’ve read since 1999.
- And the list of books I want to read.
- The Christmas shopping list.
- Christmas card list – sent and received of course.
- House move list…all the people I still haven’t contacted.
- 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…
- Is it a female thing? Do more women than men make lists?
- Are ‘listers’ actually more organised?
- Do we make more lists as we get older?
- 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!