Today I got stuck on the subject of lists with an acquaintance.
As a young girl, I used to send notes airborne from the second-floor balcony to my parents below, via the winding mahogany staircase.
I floated notes to Mom and Dad on brightly colored paper whenever I felt they weren’t listening to me, taking me seriously, or when I wanted to voice my opinion.
My sister-in-law, Geri, reminisced about a time she was dating my brother, and was hanging out at our house one evening. I was four years old, and had refused to go to bed.
Most of my note scribbling pertained to reasons why I should stay up late.
I’m not tired.
I hear something outside.
My tummy hurts.
I have to pee.
I need a drink of water.
I’m still hungry.
According to Geri, sometimes I’d convince Mom (based on which excuse would win her sympathy), to garner a more few hours with the adults in the living room. Other times, they ignored me. Eventually the effort of note-writing just wasn’t worth it, and I fell asleep, recognizing defeat.
I suppose I’ve made lists all my life.
At my first home, Post-It Notes came in handy.
I scattered lists all over the kitchen table. Since I attended college in the evening, and worked full time, my lists consisted of –
- What art projects I needed to finish
- Lists of supplies for class
- How to study for my anatomy quiz in Figure Drawing
When I began my career in Telecom, my lists morphed into color-coded spreadsheets of my customers whose circuits I was designing for their networks and stages (steps) of the Provisioning process.
After my first marriage ended, there were lists of goals I wished to accomplish. I was determined to take my mind off my recent divorce, and lift my spirits.
My lists were:
Take a yoga class.
Take a dance class.
Snap more photos.
Go on a vacation.
Get a promotion.
As I checked these items off my list, I met the man I was going to marry.
I created more lists!
What shape diamond do I like?
Where should we hold the wedding?
What flowers would be in my wedding bouquet?
Savory food for the menu?
What musicians should we hire?
What song would I walk to at our sunset ceremony?
What memory of my Dad could I include in the ceremony?
Today, I create lists of goals I want to accomplish as a writer.
- Tweet more
- Finish editing my essay collection
- Write a better bio
- Network more
- Figure out how to sell more books
- Prepare for those upcoming presentations at schools
My writing lists seem far more stressful. Working at home can be both a blessing, and a hindrance. There is no sense of urgency on self-imposed deadlines. Or is there?
Taken from Wikipedia, Newton’s First Law of Motion states –
- An object that is at rest will stay at rest unless a force acts upon it.
- An object that is in motion will not change its velocity unless a force acts upon it.
For me, I accomplish a lot if I keep moving. I start my day early with a strong cup of espresso, a sunny bay window and a great view. This keeps me motivated.
Other times, I feel somewhat overwhelmed, so I accomplish the easy items first. Afterwards, I meet a friend for coffee, smooch my hubby, or play with the fur babies. I end up staying at rest. Not always a good plan.
One goal that’s sure to keep me moving – a new picture book with Amphorae Publishing slated for September release, titled “Midnight, The One-Eyed Cat”, with coauthor Pat Wahler.
It’s about overcoming handicaps, building confidence, and learning to be the best you already are.
Guess I could take some advice from Midnight!
Do you find lists helpful in accomplishing goals, or does making lists stress you out? I’d love to hear your opinion.
Peace Out and Love,