I have a shopping list on the side of my fridge. It helps me remember what to buy when I go to the grocery store.
I have a list of errands to run. I use it to create my route, saving as much gas and time as I can, and still get everything done.
When I was on a dating site, they have you create a list of what you’re looking for in a partner: fit and trim, non-smoker, age range, geographical area, successful, likes movies and travel, that list can go on and on.
A friend of mine gave me a gratitude journal to write down the things I was grateful for each day. Besides the obvious, I wrote things like a summer rain storm, chai latte in the morning, the ceramic kitty that sits on my desk at work. These lists are very important, they remind us to keep a proper, and positive perspective.
As a writer, I always keep lists of unique names, character traits, places, and dialogue I can incorporate into my stories.
Lists are more than just a collection of words. They can be liberating. They can provide direction and clarity, organization and insight. What’s important? What’s not?
What’s on your list?