Monday mornings are a blur. Typically. The race to get up, get dressed, get to office and get productive is universal. Some such races are complicated by children, others by traffic and yet others by chatty bosses. That too is universal. And its a rare soul that can retain her sanity and focus in the midst of this chaos called work & life.
The simplest solution is often the best!
Call me old-fashioned. Or just call me old! But since the earliest days of my career, actually since even my school days, I’ve been in the habit of carrying a notebook and pen around. And what do I do with them? I make lists.
There. I’ve said it. I’m a List Maker. Compulsive. And they are in my notebook (I have three) on my mobile notepad app & on my desktop!
In my life, lists abound. I have lists for work (by department, team and project…mind you), for my workouts (by day and body-part), for my shopping (for me, for home, for my daughter…I don’t dare shop for my husband) and even for blogs I want to write!
The magical power of Lists
I actually find it incredibly calming to make a list. So calming in fact, that it is the first thing I do when I sit down with my morning coffee. And then I revisit it when I sit down to start my work day. And then just before I wrap up for the day…for the next day!
The act of making a list is like organising the cluttered cupboard of your mind. Minus the backbreaking effort.
It takes everything that’s lying around everywhere and puts it in front of you to look at, ruminate, rearrange, prioritise. It’s like building blocks for kids. After a while of playing with it, everything starts making a little more sense. Patterns emerge.
So for everyone who says that a list is a list is a list, pish tosh! Make a list. Check it twice.And then tell me you don’t feel a little better already!