Monday, April 20, 2015

{The A-B-C's of Gratitude} Lists

I am so thankful for my lists!!  I have lists in my planner, lists in my bullet journal, and lists in my housekeeping notebook.  I make to do lists, off my mind and onto paper lists, lists of things I'd like to buy, lists of things I'd like to read, lists of gifts I'd like to give, and lists of projects I'd like to make.  I even keep a list of every detail of my day - in order - that I can follow when I have a day that I justdon'tknowwheretostart!!   I'm actually following that list today!  Lists are so helpful in today's fast-paced society.  Our brains are bombarded with so much information each day that it is a good thing for us to get it out in front of us so we can prioritize and plan, rather than just react.

Here are some list making tips I've learned through the years...

L - Limit each line to one item.
Don't write feed the dogs, take them outside, clean the dog bowls on one line.  It makes it much harder to know when the task is done!
I - Is the action doable?
it is much easier to mark off Take everything out of filing cabinet, which is an action that can be completed, than to mark off Redo filing system.  As I mark off one task, I like to add the next step to my list, so I can keep moving forward on my project!

S - Set a date for completion.
If it needs to be done - and isn't just something in the planning / thinking stage - put a target date by it.  It helps you to realize that it is important!

T - Take time to think.
A jumbled list of everything that is on your mind is a starting place, but don't let it end there!  Separate your thoughts into categories, so you can prioritize your actions.  Our Keeping in Mind Page and Simplicity page are great for this, with places for things to do, errands to run, people to pray for, tasks to complete, and even special days to remember!

How about you?  Are you thankful for your lists?  Be sure to leave a comment if you have any list-making tips to share!  I'm going to get back to mine right now.



1 comment:

TheBayouWoman said...

I am not as organized as you are. (I wish I could be, but I am just not) My lists do usually end up a big jumble of things that are hard to sort! So, instead of numbering items 1,2,3,4,5,etc. I label the most important or whatever is needing attention the most an "A" then the ones that could wait I give a "B" and the ones that don't have any definite timetable or demand I label a "C" and I stop so everything is either an A or B or C. I could have 5 "A's" and 7 "B's" and 10 "C's" it really doesn't matter how many of each letter I have. This way I can focus I am focus on the "A's", the most important things on my list and if I don't get to my whole list I at least have done the most important things for the day.