At The Top of My List? Make A To-Do List, Of Course

katBy Kat Kiefer-Newman

Do you make lists?

I had a boyfriend long ago who accused me (with dripping superiority) of being a compulsive list-maker. The fact is, though, that while my life would definitely be greatly enhanced through the employment and application of lists, well, I just can’t get into writing them. Worse, I can’t stick to a list once I do write it.

The former boyfriend, you see, superior tone notwithstanding, had it wrong about me.

Mostly, I’m just not organized enough. Even sexy list-making doesn’t appeal to me. (What is sexy list-making? Check out The Steff Metal Guide to Writing To-Do Lists).

I’m also not dedicated to the follow-through process. List-makers impress me with their follow-through. People like Paula Rizzo, at her website The List Producer is one of those. Just the other day she wrote a post called “5 Reasons to be a Compulsive List Maker.” Sheyeah, like we needed five reasons. I like number five: because famous people make lists. Hey, that’s endorsement enough for me.

Here’s the thing, if I take time to make the list, I usually forget to look at it later.

Worse, I tend to lose them.

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2 Comments for “At The Top of My List? Make A To-Do List, Of Course”

  1. I cant start my day without preparing a day before my do-list,
    i find it very helpful.But i started doing this once i became
    a manger and started doing just to much on daily basis! :-)


  2. I understand your problem with loosing lists and forgetting about them… well, have you ever looked at If you use one of the checklist templates or if you create one from scratch, no way you will loose it ever again, and about forgetting about the list, if you can set reminders, so you will just have to look in your mail box to see what you shouldn’t forget. And if you really really cannot work on the list, you can always share your list with a friend (or old boyfriend??) and let them take care of it!
    How great is that!
    thanks for the article!

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