I have what some people might call an obsession with lists. I have been known, on pretty much a daily basis, to make multiple "to do" lists. It is almost therapeutic to make a list. It calms me down when I feel overwhelmed. And then sometimes it overwhelms me to the point of wanting to cry...
I was in Staples the other day to pick up a book I had spiral bound and I was glancing around because, well Staples is sort of like Mecca to me. I saw this great To Do pad and I was sold.
Even with the $4 sticker shock price, I put it up on the counter and then ran back to the office and delved in. Two things each day? I can do that. But I wasn't just going to put down two simple tasks each day. I decided to put this to use with Operation Clean. I need to get some things cleaned up and organized. So, day one, Leap Day, I tackled my nightstand and put some clothes away. Then yesterday, I cleaned out some dresser drawers and tackled email. Tonight I am...
Being the listy person I am and wanting a seemingly fair way to tackle the extensive Operation Clean list, I set out to put each tiny step into an Excel spreadsheet and number each item to be done.
Then I printed the numbers in a large font, cut them out, folded them and put them into the random generator
Yeah, I do it old school. So each evening or morning, I pull out two numbers and consult the almighty master list and find out what I am tackling that day/evening.
I think this is great because it means that if I pull that dreaded office closet, I have to do it! I can't put it off until the end and then just throw crap in there. I LOVE to be able to mark things off my lists, so it is a big deal to me when I complete a list, whether it have 20 tasks or 2. I even write on the back of the sheets what I did and what I hope to do next.
So do any of you suffer from list-sanity?