Wednesday, August 16, 2006

How Do People Function Without Lists?

I have always kept a list. I do not know how to get by without a list. Yet there is always a point at which it becomes necessary to admit that certain things on the list will not get done. Nevertheless, if I do not have a list, I do not know what to do. Example: Dad gave us some Japanese prints to try to sell for him and I haven’t put it on my list, so I keep forgetting to call around. I haven’t completely forgotten that this is something I want to do, because the prints are on the desk in the hall. But were they out of sight, I’d forget it altogether. I can’t even give you any other examples of things I might be forgetting because they are out of sight. In any case, I think the reason I really like lists, besides my forgetfulness, is that there is a decided feeling of accomplishment when I cross something off the list. Yesterday I went downtown to do some things on my list, and I got them all done easily, but when I got home I was unable to find the list they’d been on, and was extremely disappointed looking at the only remaining list with plenty of uncrossed-out things on it. Here’s something that’s been on the list for quite a while: renew passport. I should probably cross it off, and do what I always do which is to leave it until we have plans to leave the country. I’m just going to hope the need to leave the country won’t be urgent.

5 comments:

.25 life crisis kid said...

Ah, yes, lists... there was often a time where on my list there was this:

make a list of...

then that list would be cancelled out with the new list that added to the first list and then the lists would all just get messy.

Now, I just have Dave help me with my lists which involves putting on my list:
Ask Dave to help you make a list...

Which, wait, he hasn't gotten to yet...add to my list to ask him...

(no, seriously, this is really how it is with me and lists!)

carolyn said...

i am all about the lists.

one problem being however that once something's written on a list i can no longer remember it w/o looking at the list. so i'm walking around thinking "i know i wrote something on a list last night, where is that list, crap i can't find the list, what is the thing i need to do that i no longer know i need to do because it's on the to do list that i can't find..."

Anna said...

I for one love the list, but once made it becomes useless to me. See, if I get it written down, I will remember it without the list. BUT, if I don't make the list, I have no hope of remembering it on my own. My husband finds this hilarious much to my chagrin. And so, I continue making the list which I will never look at again : )

Jennifer Garam said...

I am really into my lists, too, possibly in a somewhat overly-attached way. Sometimes I am surprisingly spontaneously productive, and I do a whole slew of things that never even got a chance to make it onto my list in the first place. So what I will do then is, I will write all these things down on my list after-the-fact, so that I can cross them out. And I use highlighter to cross out. I find this method more rewarding than the straight forward cross-out in pen.

barce said...

You've seemed to have found a basic human trait: listing. I can't even imagine a culture that doesn't have lists. Knots on rope could be a list.


Lists for everyone!

Are there other animals besides humans that make lists?