I remember not to long ago on Facebook many of my friends posting “25 Random Things About Me”. Around this time of year I see lots of favorites lists – favorite books is a big one. Santa’s List was another big one on my mind recently.
Why is it that everywhere you turn there’s a list for this or that? Dave Letterman had his famous top 10 list and now days every blog I see is a list. Magazines too – 25 Best Trips, 7 ways to improve your love life…
Benjamin Franklin was a list maker. Franklin loved making lists. He made lists of rules for his tradesmen’s club, of synonyms for being drunk, of maxims for matrimonial happiness and of reasons to choose an older woman as a mistress. Most famously, as a young man, he made a list of personal virtues that he determined should define his life.
I think that today, people are attracted to lists because we live in an era of overstimulation, especially in terms of information. Lists really get to the heart of what it is we need to do to get through another day. Checklists help you remember what you have done and what you have to do. Making a list enables us to get our heads around really big tasks — and helps us tackle the work one aspect at a time.
Today’s task is simple: Make a list of the top 3 things that you know you need to do but are to overwhelmed or too busy to start. If you are a list maker already, think of something that has been on your list forever or that is so stressful to you that you haven’t even put it on the list because you don’t want to be reminded. That’s it – make the list. We will discuss what to do with it later.