Blessed Be the List Makers For They Shall Organize the Earth
My name is Lisa and I’m a list maker. I’ve been making lists for as long as I can remember. One Post-it pad created a craving for another one–this time in a different color, shape, or size. Now I can’t pass an Office Max, or even the office supplies aisle at Walmart without taking a peek. I breathe in the scent of paper, finger the textured grips on the pens, and try oh so hard to defy temptation.
I make lists for everything from my daily to-do list, grocery list, prayer list, and even listing craft projects I need to finish. Sticky notes line the edge of my computer and the board on my desk. I keep a small Post-it pad in my Bible case, my purse, and in almost every room of the house.
I’ve never been diagnosed with ADD
, but lately, I feel like I’ve been the reigning Queen of Digression in the land of Tangents and Bunny Trails.
For example, I made a to-do list yesterday with five things of high priority on them. I came home from church and wanted to sit for a few minutes to check emails before diving into my to-do list. Well, one email led me to a website on digital scrapbooking–my latest creative endeavor. And then, I received a TweetDeck
update where a writing friend posted about The Brainstormer app for iPhone
. Naturally I was curious and decided to check that out. This happened all afternoon. By bedtime, I had completed one task on my to-do list. Regardless of the list, I had a productive day and checked off things on my mental list. After all, there’s always today to finish those tasks.
Blessed are the list makers for they shall organize the earth.
Share Your Thoughts: Are you a list maker? Paper or electronic organizer? Do they help you stay organized, or do they add stress to your life when your list isn’t complete? How do you stay focused and productive?