Can you have too many lists? I don’t think so. I usually have a few lists on the go, such as:
- Music I want to track down and listen to.
- Song playlists for concerts that I’ve been to and want to enjoy again.
- Books I’ve heard about that might just make it onto my …
- Reading list – but to be honest I don’t follow this one so much, rather than check it out for suggestions if I’m between books.
- Blog posts I want to write.
- Writing projects in progress that need more attention.
- Life lists – shopping lists, chores, things that I need help with, places I’d like to go to when I can.
I use apps to help with some lists, like packing for trips and for keeping track of the books I already have (saves me buying books that already live on my shelves).
Lists give a sense of order, and putting something on a list means it is no longer rattling around in my head. They can also be a good way of gathering thoughts and inspiration. One of my favourite writing group exercises was writing out 50 story ideas. All you need is a page numbered 1 to 50, a pen and go! I still look back on that list and use the ideas.
Another great list activity was 100 things I love. This was an exercise from Julia Cameron’s book The Right to Write. It was a great activity to do and is good to reflect on when your spirit needs a lift.
A list that I’ve been making in my head lately has birds spotted in my garden. These include black cockatoos, eastern spine bills, satin bowerbirds, grey shrike-thrushes, brown cuckoo-doves, superb fairy wrens, king parrots, crimson rosellas, red wattlebirds, currawongs and magnificent magpies.
Do you use lists to keep track of things, big and small, in your life?
[Photo: Australian magpie]