The power of lists

Posted: 5th August 2008

I’m a bit of a list obsessive, so will probably be mentioning them fairly regularly. I love my lists. It’s a time management thing and a way to keep things out of my head so I can concentrate on one thing at a time (well as much as is possible with my overactive brain). The humble list came into its own today. I’ve been finding this week quite difficult so far – been feeling quite washed out and on the verge of things getting on top of me. When I get like this the slightest thing can send me into a panic, which definitely isn’t good for productivity.

I generally like to keep my inbox as clear as possible but over the last couple of days I’d let things build up a bit and it was really beginning to bother me. So, what did I do? I made a list! I wrote down everything that needed attention … actually I typed it up in a nice neat table, with a column to tick when I’d completed it and printed it out (on scrap paper I hasten to add). With this to hand I could move the screaming emails into folders ready to be dealt with, confident that they wouldn’t get forgotten because they were on ‘the list’. With that done I could already feel my brain clearing and could start working through them. Got a few small (and not so small) tasks crossed off and everything else is patiently waiting for me to start working through the list again tomorrow.

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