The Case for Making Lots of Lists

Sometimes all you can do is make lists and check them twice Sometimes all you can do is make lists and check them twice

Originally published on June 29

This post is week ½ because I haven’t had time to read the books on self-organizing (they’re loaded on the Kindle for the plane) in the rush of organizing – there’s that word again – everything to attend LibertyCon in Chattanooga, TN, this coming weekend.

This convention, which was very welcoming to us from the first time I attended it eight years ago, has become a family thing every year.  We have friends there, the children have friends there, my publisher attends, and the fans know that’s the place to find us.

Only this year, it’s two weeks earlier than usual, and it seems to have rushed in on us, partly because of the Colorado wild fires and how they affected my ability to concentrate (it’s hard to think clearly when you’re breathing in smoke).

So since I turned in the last post on organizing, I’ve been running around like a chicken with its head cut off and making lots of lists.

My husband got into the act, both because he’s afraid I’ll misplace my head and never find it again, and because he thinks I should make lots of lists.

He has installed at least three apps for daily activity tracking and scheduling on my Kindle Fire, and he has tried to discuss their pros and cons with me.

For a while in the late nineties, I was a faithful user of Franklin planners. At the time they were a very expensive system for someone who was not even technically working. Well, no, scratch that, I was working, but not making any money.

However, the ability to prioritize tasks and carry forward those that hadn’t been fulfilled, as well as the ability to keep track of different types of lists, allowed me to separate home and work (I told you separating seems to be important in this organizing thing!).

But even the Franklin planners never fit quite right. After all, creative endeavors are not like any other sort of business, and most planners are geared towards business.