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A Million Things To Do...

Things to pick up at the grocery store... topics to blog about... people to call... stuff I want to do before I die... bills I need to pay...
It seems like my life revolves around lists. I have lists on my cell phone, short lists, long lists, lists on pretty paper, and lists scribbled onto the back of bank deposit slips because that's the only paper I could find at the time.
pencil and paper to make a list
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I Love Lists!

I blame Mrs. Anderson for my obsession with lists. She was my 3rd grade teacher and had a nifty chart in the back of the room with everyone's name on it. If you made 100 A+ on your spelling test on Friday, she'd give you a gold star to lick and add next to your name. I ALWAYS got my star and felt a teeny thrill every time I licked that baby and slapped it up. 
Now that I'm an adult, I can't seem to stop making lists, so here are my top 5 tips for making lists:
*ahem* You notice that this is a list about making lists, right? *snicker*
tips for making lists
1. Find a method that works for you. I like to keep neat little lists with a check box in front of each item in a notebook. Others prefer to doodle, make bullet points, or keep charts. There is no right or wrong to listmaking, so do whatever feels right for you.
2. Make a list of tasks to do each day. I have a To Do list hanging on my refrigerator. Before I go to bed every night, I take a few minutes to jot down the things that I need to do the next day. In the morning, I add any other items that I think of while getting ready. Before heading out the door, I grab that list and shove it into my tote bag to work through during the day. 
3. Relish in that thrill every time you mark an item off your list.  Personally, I love drawing little boxes in front of each item so that I can checkmark it when I'm done, but maybe you'd rather scribble the items out instead. Either way, get that smug look on your face when you mark sucker as done. 

4. Don't limit your goals to business or work-related items. As an entrepreneur, I look down at my list some days and realize that it's all about business. That's when I realize that it's time to add personal things like a manicure or doing something fun with the kids. 
5. Make lists for the future. Don't just write out things for today. What are some of the things that you want to accomplish in the next 10 years? How about 20 years? 
P.S. Apparently, I'm not the only one with an obsession over lists. There are entire sites and books that revolve around lists.

Over To You!

Do you love lists? Any tips you'd like to share?

KayeCee the Clutter Queen

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