11/16/09

The Master List

I like lists. Really, I can't make things happen without them. Well, I'd make something happen but it would be the wrong thing or in the wrong order or with a giant part of it missing completely. I have a lot of lists. Lists for: Errands (divided by "in" (color roots, return emails (I'm so behind), set out dry cleaning, etc...) and "out" (buy more anti-wrinkle cream, take clothes to cleaners, return pile of stuff that didn't work, etc...) Work (divided by job category and short and long term and somewhat prioritized based on like/dislike particular task) House (divided by "clean," "repair," and "must purchase") (little of which is likely to actually happen) Subcategory under "House" - "Desired kitchen items" (including a garlic press, new every day dishes, and another whisk) (Don't ask) Calendar (divided roughly by "me" and "the kids" - dentist appointments, hair cut appointments, "no school" days (cause of all the things to lose track of!), pencil in maybe a Christmas concert, AND OH YES CHRISTMAS. Christmas LORD HELP THOSE OF US WHO HAVE EVERYTHING (divided by "must clean," "must find," "must cook," "must buy," "must decorate," "must wrap," and "must sleep sometime in 2010." And let's not forget "must binge and purge the toy room to make room for all the new toys." I also have a list of books I want to read. This list wins out. Often. I am thinking I just made a list of my lists. I've officially gone round the bend. I'm off my nut. Out of my gourd. I'm listing all the ways to describe my crazy. Someone stop me. I forgot! My weekly menu plan (a list of what we will eat each day) and it's associated grocery list! And the list of places I want to see and things I want to do before I'm too much older! (send help) Do you make lists? (tell me I'm not alone)

22 comments:

Pop and Ice said...

Yes, I have lists, but they are all on ToodleDo which synchs with ToDo on my iPhone. But, you know, items just keep getting moved from day to day, week to week. Oh, I do get some things accomplished, but others, ummm no. But at least I never lose them till I tire of seeing them and move them into the trash, deeming them not really on my radar of realistic things to accomplish.

Frau said...

I use to now I just forget and wake up in the middle of the night and remember all that is forgotten. New years resolution get back to making lists!!

mo.stoneskin said...

In a day or so you will have made a list of your lists of lists. Then you will have truly gone mad.

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

Girl, I have a list of lists taped to my freaking WALL!

maitlandmommy AKA Sheri said...

Lists on the fridge, lists on my desk, sticky notes on my steering wheel in the car, the mirror - you get the idea.

I even have a notepad that V gave me entitled the Sh*t List for those individuals that really make me mad. That's my favorite list.

evenshine said...

Lists are God's way of saying "buy another cute journal!".

I do. Yes. And love to cross things out, not cross things out, tweak them, and revisit them years later.

Amy said...

Pop and Ice - I have to write them. I can't do digital lists. I like to write it, cross things off, recopy it when it gets too messy. (am insane, I know)

Frau - I do that even with a list.

mo. - Don't torture me dude.

Kelly - Been there, done that.

Sheri - Sticky notes will not adhere to my steering wheel. Super frustrating. It's one of the first features I'll ask about when I get a new car. (in 10 years)

evenshine - I use Moleskins. How awesome are those?

Life As I Know It said...

Not only do I make lists, but I also have spreadsheets. Lots of spreadsheets...with subcategories.
House projects w/ projected costs and time frames, Christmas spreadsheets with IDEAS for gifts, actual gifts purchased with gifts budgets. AND then, I make them shareable so I can send them to my husband and bug him with my spreadsheets. So, yeah, I get you!

Amy said...

Life - I've done the Christmas spreadsheets for years! Ideas, bought items, need to buy, budget, actual amount spent. FUN! You can see exactly how much you went over budget by!

LMS Dunick said...

I'm a virgo-- of course I make lists! :)

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

You are not alone, but we both might be crazy! ;) I have one master list at all times, but then I also have a work list, a meal list, a grocery list, a day-to-day chore/errand list, and it just goes on...

The problem is I like making lists a lot more than so many of the tasks ON my lists!

Jordana said...

I should be more of a list maker. I make grocery lists and meal plans, but that's about it. Everything else that needs to be done? I just ignore. :)

rubbish said...

I don't have lists myself but my Missus and Daughter have loads. Wont be long until I start waking up with post it notes stuck to my head with what they want for Xmas.

rubbish said...

And catsup equals ketchup, gotcha.

Allyson/HBMomof2 said...

Love lists! I used to make them in high school and put the little boxes next to them. So gratifying to actually put a big, fat check in the box. Now I keep a notebook handy and make lists for everything and then cross it off. It is so cool to look back and see the many, many pages of completed tasks.

During the holidays I have 4 separate places for the Christmas tasks, the Team D family Christmas notebook (The Master List for Christmas), my daily planner, "the notebook", and a mini version of the "the notebook" that goes with me wherever I go. In the evenings, everything gets moved around and prepped for the next day. I just wish there were a few more hours in the day to actually complete everything on the lists!

You are not alone!

Michelle said...

Ah, yes, I'm a list maker, too! It is enough to make you crazy sometimes!

And where would we be without the menu planner/list?

Digital Asp said...

And this is why Moms make the ultimate project managers....

I'm with you, Amy, I can't STAND digital lists. They tick me off and are completely useless. I finally broke down and typed up my grocery list, which I can then mark off needed items from the clipboard on my fridge instead of re-writing the list each time. I estimate that this has saved me 3.2 hours per month, and I refuse to explain how I came by that number.

Drew said...

Aye yah yah, I might have to go to drug rehab for all the xanax I have to take to deal with present buying during the holidays.

Rima said...

Not only do I make lists, but I draw actual check boxes in front of the "to do" items and fill them out. I used to rewrite each list minus the completed item, but this got to be a little too time consuming once the kids came along.

Amy said...

rubbish - hum, my husband may wake up with a photo of a Canon XSi camera taped to his forehead very soon.

Allyson - oh the joy of the Big Fat Check!! Checking things off is so gratifying.


Digital ASP - Funny that you don't like digital lists - hehe. (3.2 hours eh? Sounds like spreadsheet work to me.)

Rima - I've drawn in the big check boxes as well. When pressed for time I draw a line, preferably in a different color pen, through the item when it's done.

Theta Mom said...

Sometimes, I'll make a list for the list. How's that for crazy?

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El) said...

I make lists, and if I do something not on a list, I add it and cross it off.

My book list is called "Mount to Be Read."

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