At any given time there are at least 4 different lists started in at least 4 different journals in my home or purse or car or phone. I live by these lists. I had a gal ask me to dinner a few weeks ago and wanted to know… how I get it all done. This is not the first person who has asked me this. Honestly, it’s not the first person that has asked me this is the past few weeks.
My answer is always the same. Make a list.
Write it down. All of it. Big dreams, little dreams, laundry, exercise, dinner, phone call, email… all of it. Literally put everything you have to do in a list. I prefer paper but notes in your phone are fine as well. Whatever works for you. I also prefer categorized lists… like… to-do today, to-do by end of week, goals for this year, goals for the next 5 years. Whatever it is, I write it down.
The thing is, we think we won’t forget stuff. BUT WE DO! We forget a lot. Even our dreams. And maybe even dinner if it’s not on the list. The list reminds you of the things you need to do. The list takes the task of remembering off of your plate. You don’t have to remember what you need to do. You just look at the list.
And then there is checking things off the list. Oh, my friends, this is a glorious feeling. The feeling of accomplishment, achievement, pride, productivity. Sometimes, if I do something that wasn’t on my list, I put it on my list just to check it off.
Earlier this month, I sat down with a brand new 2020 calendar. I normally do that in January but I just wasn’t feeling motivated in January. I wanted to rest. I didn’t want to immediately start planning. But then, when I sat down in February, I felt so unproductive. Like I had missed a whole month of getting things done. So I made a list. A list of all the things I had done in January. Y’all… the list was long! It was so long that I had to start another page. I met with some folks and planned 2 new events, wrote 4 food articles, had a video chat with a writing coach, spoke to an Agriculture group about Agritourism, hosted an out of town guest, did a small catering job, took an online workshop, hosted a baby shower, had 2 events at the farm, had 5 Photo Wagon events, met with old friends, and new friends and organized my pantry, office, bathroom, closet, kids closets and food styling props.
And I thought I had done nothing in January. I forgot how productive I was.
I needed the list. I needed it to remind me of what I had accomplished. I told my therapist this the other day and she said… 1 Corinthians 13:4… and I was like, “Huh?” And she said, “love keeps no record of wrongs… but it can keep a record of rights.” I had never ever thought of it that way.
My lists are a record of my rights. A record of the things I have done right!
We need lists. We need lists to remind ourselves of what to do and we need lists to remind ourselves of what we have done.
Like I said, I’ll write a list anywhere but I do have some favorites and I wanted to share them with you today.
- Life Pulse Planner– this is where learned how to “Brain Dump”. I had really been doing it for years but never knew it was an actual thing. I absolutely love the family that created these planners. They have a story and I know for sure, they couldn’t get through what life has been throwing at them lately without these lists.
- Inner Guide– I love Inner Guide!!! This is what I carry in my purse daily. I want to explain everything it does but I really feel like their website does a better job at that. They have planners and then they also Planning Pads, which are just little one sheets that you use to get back on track or stay on track one day at a time.
- Page Eleven Paper Goods– this is a local gal and I just adore what she’s doing. They have Planners, Travel & Prayer Journals, Daily Notepads and Mentor Sessions.
These are the things I like for life lists… to-do’s, short term goals, etc. I love Rachel Hollis’ Start Today for bigger, more specific dreams. And I love Plan to Pray, “an old-school paper planner designed to help you list your prayers and remove distractions so you can record and remember what God has done.”
Keep a record of rights.
Gosh, y’all. I love this post. I hope you love it too. And I hope you spend a little time today making some lists.
Happy Sunday friends, Melissa