• Sashani Waysome

THE LIST-AHOLIC

Updated: Aug 11, 2021




Lists, lists, and more lists!


If you have a mother like mine making a list is part of growing up. She always said before going to the supermarket I should look around the house to see what's needed and to create a list. Lol, I was so annoyed at doing this activity, but the older I got applying this technique has helped me in many ways.

*We make lists for almost every aspect of life from groceries, shopping, and running simple errands on the road.


My most favorite list of all time is the TO DO LIST!!! YESS, with headings bold and filled with confidence ready to take on the daily or weekly adventures ahead.


So you might say why should I make a list at all? I have it all upstairs in my head, right?


Making a list is essential! Have you ever gone to the supermarket then came home to realize you forgot the bread?


The breadddddd !?!?!? Ok, maybe not so intense but I believe you get where I'm going with this by now.


You can create a list for anything, as long as you have a goal in mind or have set tasks to complete in a specified time.



So here are the benefits of creating a list.



BENEFITS FOR CREATING A LIST!



YOU ARE ORGANIZED




This keeps your mind at ease knowing you have everything you want to do all in one place. For the old-fashioned like me, having your plans written down is ideal. That pen-to-paper vibe just feels right-well, most times. The alternative for the techies includes the notepad or to-do list app that can be installed on your phone or device of choice. Whatever tool you use both are good choices as it ultimately keeps all your plans in order.


Being organized is a skill that can save you a lot of time, especially when you have several tasks to complete. It allows you to stay focused on set tasks on your list and declutters your mind.

The TO-DO-LIST is a powerful and effective system.


STAY WITHIN BUDGET




A budget is really just a game plan on how you are gonna spend your money be it for the week, month, or the entire year. It's specific to your lifestyle and needs and may also change as life unfolds. In creating your budget having a list is essential in outlining what's important to you and where you will be allocating your money.


We all have created a budget at some point in our lives specifically when saving or just simply aligning our finances to meet a need. Budgeting requires sacrifice and a certain level of discipline in order to fulfill your short-term and long-term plans.


When you have the necessities written down it keeps you on target and you avoid going above a certain amount. If you’re trying to live within your means, creating a list is a great way of sticking to that goal.

Having a list serves as a constant reminder to not overspend.


TRACK GOALS & ACHIEVEMENTS





One thing I know is that completing a task or achieving a personal goal you set out to do is quite fulfilling. You’re able to see your growth unveil right before your eyes and it serves as an example to keep on pushing.


In the bible, even our Heavenly Father says write your vision and make it plain.


"And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it"

(Habakkuk 2:2)



TO-DO-LIST TIPS

  1. Select the To-do-list system that's best for you- whether app or paper

  2. Place tasks in order of priority

  3. Be honest with yourself- What tasks can you realistically achieve for the day?

  4. Categorize lists and make them task-specific and time-bound

  5. Review your lists to stay on track


A few examples of task-specific lists:

  • Grocery list

  • Worklist

  • Chores list

  • Vacation list

  • Prayer list

  • Idea list


I’m interested in hearing how making a list has helped you! Go ahead and share your stories and thoughts on this topic.


What are some of the reasons you may need to do a list?

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