I have a confession to make: I am a list-maker. I inherited the affliction from my dad. He has a much more severe form than I do. Not only does he write lists, he KEEPS them. For years. Stores them away. For future reference, I suppose.
I am able to get rid of my lists. But I get the most satisfying feeling of being able to check things off my list. Yes, I am one of THOSE people who writes things on her list just to be able to check it off.
When my daughters were born, in those first few weeks, I wrote lists of everything they did. (In my defense, when you give birth to twins, life can easily spin out of control. So I needed LISTS to keep from losing my mind – and my control). So I listed what time they ate, what time they slept, what time they took a bath… You get the idea. But there’s no reason to limit my lists to my babies! I kept lists of what I needed to do between dawn and dusk. Like take a shower. That was the most rewarding check of the day.
But as I get older, I’m finding that my lists are less about gratification and more about a lack of memory. My now-teenage-daughters like to remind me how often I forget things. I know this already. I practically self-diagnosed early-onset Alzheimer’s after reading Still Alice last year.
When I got my iPhone, I fell in love with the Reminders app. It was made for me. I use it every day. I actually justified spending $100 on the iPhone 4 just for the Reminders app after I forgot to pick my daughter up from school once. I have yet to forget since, I’m happy to tell you.
I also discovered an app called Simplist. I love the name. According to Simplistapp.com, this app lets me “create checklists, grocery lists, shopping lists, task and to-do lists.” So you see, how could I not use it? I even keep my husband’s bucket list on it! (Mine is on Pinterest, of course).
I even love its app logo. So simple.
I also have a separate grocery shopping list app called ShopShop. It even lets me cross out items on my list before I delete them. So satisfying!
Keeping track of my school workload is a little more complex. I need a little more space than my iPhone will allow, so I keep a Google Doc To-Do list, of course. But the one thing that has kept me in compliance is my IEP Sections Case Manager Checklist. You didn’t actually think I could get through an IEP without a LIST, did you?
So, yes, I am a bit obsessed with keeping lists. But I’m not really looking to get rid of this addiction to lists. Lists keep me organized. And when I’m organized, I’m happy.