The images above are not a joke--they are the lists that I'm currently using on a daily basis (all are "in use" right now!)--and this doesn't even include the lists in my planner, which is honestly just too revealing to show you here ;) Crazy, huh? Are you, too, a list-maker extraordinaire? If so, I want to take a moment today to bond over our shared obsession, so I've put together the handy list below (hehe!). Read below for my thoughts on what it takes to be a true OCD list-maker...
You know that you're a total over-the-top, obsessive-compulsive, can't-live-without-them list-maker if you've ever done one or more of the following:
1. Added something to your to-do list after you've completed it, just so that you can check it off of the list.
2. Made a to-do list or schedule that includes a bullet reminding you to make another list.
3. Created a rough-draft for your to-do list (or made a to-do list, and then, after crossing off a few things, made a new to-do list an hour or so later).
4. Made a to-do list or schedule that includes a reminder to "shower," "take a nap," or "relax."
5. Drawn little boxes next to each item on your to-do list so that you can literally put a check in the box as you complete the item (as opposed to just marking it off of the list).
6. Categorized a to-do list by hour, day, chunk of time, or mindset.
7. Had more than (1) to-do list going on at a time (see above!)
8. Found an old notepad that was completely used up--with a different to-do list on EVERY SINGLE PAGE.
9. Tried to tell someone else how to make or organize their to-do list (in college, Ben put "drink more water" on a to-do list. To this day, I am still trying to make him understand why you can't put things like that on a to-do list--if you can't ever mark it off, it doesn't belong on this type of list!)
10. Made a list that lists all of the ways that you know you're an OCD list-maker ;)
So what do you think? Can you relate? Have you done one or more of the items included on this list?
If so, you may be entering what Ben has recently called "A Beautiful Mind territory" when it comes to list-making. Scary but also slightly amazing to feel so organized, right?
And now you have just a bit more insight into my daily life...
Happy list-making, fellow organizers!