Ok, it’s not really a list but I couldn’t resist the title.
I’ve tidied up my blog a bit lately and I’m trying to post on a more regular basis. I use this blog as a journal and a general brain dump and I’ve noticed that more and more of my posts and pages are lists and so much web content and news is formatted as a list I wanted to find out more about why we all love lists so much.
There’s a lot more to it than having to try to remember what you need to buy at the shops and this article by The New Yorker – A List Of Reasons Why Our Brains Love Lists explains it very well, I’d recommend you nip over and read it (I’ll just wait here until you get back).
There are a lot of sites and tools that encourage us to use lists to organise our lives and achieve goals. I use Trello and created my Never Ending Life List a while ago (I don’t like the idea of a Bucket list, it sounds too final – unless you know you have a finite time to be able to do the things you want to then surely it’s better to have a list that just keeps on going?)
Notes and checklists
An effort to give some semblance of recognition and inclusiveness to the demands placed on time and energy.
I listen to The One You Feed Podcast often, I find it helps me focus when I’m spending a long time in the car commuting to client meetings and gives food for thought on how to be more productive and manage my work load more efficiently (I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an interesting and inspiring podcast). I’ve gone through some of the older episodes and came across an interview with Chris Guillebeau who wrote a book called The Happiness of Pursuit. He focuses on the benefits of having a quest in your life and how that can bring you happiness. Chris chose to visit all the countries in the world as his quest (193 in total) and achieved that before he was 35 – that’s a little too much for me to take on, but I view my Never Ending Life List as my list of quests. I’m not setting any deadlines and I’m regularly adding things to the list as a source of ideas for things to do, things to try, new challenges and (of course) new lists.