A penchant for lists

I love lists and I cannot lie, you other brothers can’t deny, when a list shows up with an interesting theme….

I am a sucker for lists. When there’s an article or blog post that starts with “10 things about…” Or “The top 25 stupidest…” Or “15 ways blueberries can kill…” I am hooked. [I’m also a the target demographic for those quizzes that show the top 100 {insert item/place/food/book/romantic comedy/video game} and then you check off what you’ve seen/traveled to/eaten/read/watched/played and post your results on your social media of choice to show off to your friends acquaintances how freaking awesome you are… But I digress.]

I feel like making lists helps me get things done, remember things and feel productive. It’s a trifecta of usefulness. My favorite way to make lists digitally is using numbers. I especially to use non traditional numbers. If there’s something I forgot at the start of the list, I’ll add it as item 0). If there’s something in between I’ll usually add a .5). Overall I think it shows a bit about my thought process. (see Figure 1)
On paper I don’t usually do anything except write my items down. No bullets or numbers. I hate bullets. It’s ok if you like them. But I think they are horrible. Also they kill people. See Chris Rock explaining it.

Figure 1
I use at least three four different apps on my phone to make lists.
1) Notes (iPhone)
1.5) Reminders (iPhone)
2) Clear
3) Unfuck Your Habitat

They’re all in a folder marked “Do It”
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On my refrigerator I have two stick on whiteboard calendars. I use one as an ongoing grocery list, and the other for whatever. Right now the “other” says “knock knock motherfucker”

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I use the Stickies on my Mac. I have them all over the place. I minimize them and try to theme them by color. I have lists of places to check out in Seoul, recipes, etc.

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Technically Tumblr, Pinterest and my browser bookmarks are also lists. Even Facebook and Twitter are lists, if you think about it.

I don’t know if there’s a right way or wrong way to write lists but I like being able to cross things off or delete items.

Do you make lists? How do you make them? Do you have a favorite? Bullets, numbers, alphabet, little hearts?

Here’s a site just about, well, lists.

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3 thoughts on “A penchant for lists

  1. I love this article, I use my outlook at work for list making. I flag what I have to do that day and open and start a response email. Once it is completed I finish the response and unflagging the email and I know it is done. If I have any emails open at the end of he day I save it to drafts and try to get them done first thing in the morning the next day.

  2. Pingback: Robert Schmolze | A note on lists of notes.

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