The kind of lists I keep

I am a list maker. The lists are not particularly neat or organised, and they are usually on paper. I tend to have one page per category. I jot things down as they come to me. I have an excellent long-term memory, but fleeting thoughts during the day, and ideas that pop up when I am trying to sleep tend to disappear if I don’t write them down.

I don’t write anything in great detail. A word or two is sufficient to remind me.

Below are some examples of lists that I keep

  1. Gift list (I buy gifts throughout the year – whenever I find something that would be perfect for a loved one – squirrel them away, and forget I have them. So I keep a list of birthdays and what gift I have and for whom)
  2. Wish list (books I would like to read, television shows I would like to watch, shops/exhibitions/cafes etc that I would like to visit)
  3. Treat list (products I would like to try, little luxuries for when I have a bad day)
  4. Payday list (things I need to buy on payday. I usually do a big shop once a month where I buy things in bulk)
  5. Daily to dos (I fill it out on the page a day calendar in my ring binder every Sunday and update every evening. This includes grocery shopping lists, preparation for meetings, things I need to remember each day)
  6. Longer term to dos (for example clothes to be mended or cleaned, work I need to have done around the house, cat vaccinations)
  7. Lesson ideas 
  8. Blog ideas
  9. Words to add to my Talking About Sweden book. I update it for re-printing twice a year. I  collect a few pages of new words and notes for amendments before I do any updates.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

3 thoughts

  1. I depend on lists myself but seem to regularly forget where I put the them.

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