I love a good list, almost as much as an excellent strawberry tart.
Attributes of an excellent strawberry tart:
- crisp pastry shell
- thin layer of dark chocolate
- velvety crème patisserie
- fresh strawberries.
I use lists to:
- remember the names of meeting rooms
- make me feel guilty about the friends I need to call, see or write to
- make my online content easier to scan (is it working for you?)
- maintain the façade of a multi-tasking super wonder mum (there is a sub-list of the ways in which I am not achieving this).
I’ve graduated from jottings in a very nice Japanese diary (mum work), to MS Outlook tasks and pushy mobile apps (office work). I thought this would ramp up my home-life productivity performance indicators, but it’s making my personal tasks a bit scary.
Alert – buy that birthday card!
Alert – pay the nanny!
Alert – try to find out the name of the thing that person told you not to forget!
Alert – your brother and wife are having a baby!
Reasons why I still love lists:
- adding a task to a list is practically the same as starting something
- starting something on my list is almost like being complete
- if I write it down, I will clear some brain space for something else
- ticking things off makes me feel like a Winner and an Achiever.