Making A Master List

I’m not a list maker.   In fact, I rather despise it.  I know there are many kinds of lists and some are necessary but over all, I like to just keep track of things in my head.   I have a fairly decent memory and so it usually (not always!) works for me.  I think what I don’t like about making lists is the commitment it implies.  If I write it on the list, then I really have to do it or consider that I have failed if it remains there undone or even worse, started but not quite completed.

However, I’ve made a commitment to 31 days of Follow Through and that commitment calls for the creation and implementation of a master list.  FollowThrough31

I don’t expect to finish every single project on my master list although that would be nice!  I’m making it so that I’ll be able to categorize and prioritize my projects.   My master list is going to be sort of brain dump but in an organized manner.  Does that even make any sense?

I’m dividing it in to categories:  Things I need (or want) to do around the House, Paper projects, Digital Dilemmas, and Family Matters.

Today’s plan is to focus on adding to the House portion of the master list.  I am going to go room by room snapping pictures (Yes, I’ll share a few of them with you in my next post.  Did you see me shudder just then?) and make a list of the items I can complete myself.  Some of the  unfinished house items require the input of other people (mainly, my husband) so I am simply going to focus on the items I can do on my own.

Since the theme of this series is all about follow through, I also plan to complete one task today as well.  After battling a rather nasty virus all week, I’m making it an easy one.  I’m sorting through our medicine cabinet and throwing away any expired medicines.  There’s not much worse than grabbing medicine that expired in 2012 when you are feeling poorly.  Happened just last night.  I may restock as well but that depends on the weather and how I feel later.

How would you categorize your list of unfinished projects?  What one piece of unfinished business (small or large) are you going to commit to completing today?

This post is day 2 in my 31 Days Series.  You’ll be able to find all the posts in the series on this page.  If you aren’t familiar with the concept of the 31 Days series, go check it out.  I promise you’ll find some great blogs to read while you’re over there.

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8 thoughts on “Making A Master List

  1. Deanna

    Oooh, you’re a brave soul taking pictures. I really did in fact JUST think of that this morning. Taking pictures of the chaos. Not all at one time, just the room I’m working on, which is this lower level. I need to shampoo the carpets, but there’s a lot of stuff on the floor space preventing me from doing that. Amongst the items on the floor space are homeless items, items that need to go in that teeny tiny space my husband thinks is just perfect for a family of four to store their items in, and also items that I picked up second hand that first need to be washed prior to finding themselves living amongst us. I started this week.

    So, I’m totally with you on the list being a failed attempt at getting it going on. I always feel like I’ve failed when I don’t complete. Plus, LOL, I always LOSE my list – rather – someone moves my list over to another space, OR worse, they look at my list and ASK me about it, as in did I complete it. GRRRRRRR

    So for me, it’s moving the games around (100’s), dusting them off, and reorganizing them, and asking the girls which ones they know we don’t want to keep any longer.

    Can’t wait to see your progress.


    1. Jean Post author

      The key to taking pictures is to make sure we go back and take pictures of all the progress also! Oh, I completely forgot about the lost list. Yes, that happens to me quite a bit as well. I’d make a game out of the games. Play them and rank them and move them out 🙂

  2. Elizabeth

    I didn’t used to have to make lists when I was younger, and then I took on more and more responsibility and suddenly my working memory was just not enough for the complexity of all I was trying to accomplish. I love lists now. There is a book by a doctor I have been reading called “The Checklist Manifesto” by Atul Awande. He talks about two reasons people fail: ignorance – simply not having the needed knowledge – and ineptitude – failing to apply the knowledge we have. His premise is that checklists can help manage the complexity of the knowledge we do have.

    So think about it this way – a checklist isn’t a a tool of judgment – your success or failure – it is a tool to manage how you apply all of the knowledge you have. 😀
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    1. Jean Post author

      Hmm. You make an interesting point and of course, now I want to read that book! I do like the idea of a checklist as a tool.

  3. Elizabeth

    I survive off of lists but I was raised on lists too…. doesn’t help my memory is bad also. Sometimes it’s good just to throw the list out the window though and take care of yourself or family which should always be #1 on the list…. just don’t do it too often!
    As for today my goal? Get down to the pet store and buy the cat some flea meds I’ve been forgetting or not having the time when I do remember.
    Plan to do that after work and then I’ll have to get onto the rest of my list for the day but that’s that one odd ball thing I need to accomplish.
    Have a great day and good luck!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks! You are right, taking care of ourselves and families should always be #1 on the list.
      Our weather has been so unusual this summer/fall that we really caught a break on the fleas around here (hopefully, it usually warms way up in late October but who knows).

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