Those who know me, know I’m organized and I’m a bit obsessed with imposing order on life’s chaos. I’m a huge fan of lists. I make lists for work and for play, and I get great satisfaction from ticking off completed tasks. I hate paper, so I create lists and then append them to my calendar. I recently invested in some liquid chalk pens so that I can make lists on my office mirror. Technology at its finest!
Did I mention that I love lists?
When I recently became a “lady of leisure” I started making new lists. I created a list of all the house projects I wanted to complete. I created a list of companies I wanted to investigate. I created a list of professional and personal aspirations. And, finally, I created a list of books I wanted to read.
I’ve spent the past six weeks working my way through all these lists, and I’ve gotten to cross a surprising number of items off it….which might explain why I fall into bed every night more exhausted than when I was working. I guess I’m still working — now I’m just accountable to myself, and I’m a pretty tough taskmaster. The result of all this list-making is an improved house, rapidly enhanced fitness, busy interview calendar, and happy reading time.
There are items that are harder to accomplish using lists — long-range plans and more ethereal goals are often difficult to quantify. However, I accept the challenge by breaking down the large and in-concrete into discrete components. How else can we manage our accountability?