My List is My Ticket to Productivity

Diane Lynn Tibert
I love rambling along the garden path but a list reminds me I have important things to do.

More than a dozen years ago while taking a break from installing vinyl siding on a building we were renovating on the Shearwater Air Force Base, I took out a list I was following. Another worker – the fellow who amazed me by driving his motorcycle ten months of the year – leaned over and asked me what I was doing. I told him I was checking my weekly list.

He chuckled and said, “I used to make lists, but I’d never follow them. I’d have to make a note to remind me to look at the list.”

To this day I think about his comment every time I make a new list. He was right in many ways. People make lists all the time only to forget about them the moment they’ve been made. I’m guilty of that. I’ve made many lists over the years that were useless, useless in the fact that I didn’t follow them.

Still, it doesn’t mean lists are useless. Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes the things on the list weren’t as important as first believed.

In fact, lists are very important to me. They remind me of what I need to do. Without them, I ramble, dilly-dally, believing there’s nothing important to do, and I daydream, wondering what I might do.

Sometimes it takes a few weeks for me to realise I’ve been without a list for too long. It’s when it suddenly occurs to me that nothing is done on an assignment and the deadline is fast approaching, or a project I intended to start was forgotten about.

Making a list of things to do gets me moving forward. I check them off when completed, and if I finish the list, I feel as though I’ve accomplished something.

Do you find yourself floundering, wondering why you can’t get things done? Then maybe a list will help you get back on track.

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2 thoughts on “My List is My Ticket to Productivity

  1. Lovely photo!

    Oh lists! I’m really not a list maker and I do find myself floundering by times. Occasionally I’ll make one, and I’ve found it to be a positive thing, and yet I can’t or just don’t seem to do it on a regular basis. I blame it on “middle child” syndrome. If I were a first born I think I’d be more organized, more inclined to make lists.

    Well, that’s my excuse!

    • I know lists aren’t for everyone, but they seem to keep me moving forward. I’m the tenth of eleven children, so maybe I found lists helpful to keep track my siblings and my father’s 16 siblings.

      Thanks for commenting, Laura.

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