Thursday, May 14, 2009

List-o-Maniac--and proud of it

Did you ever see that old movie, MY DINNER WITH ANDRE? In it, two artsy types share a meal. That's what the movie is--the whole movie: a dinner with Andre. Andre, tall, skinny and intense, talks about how hopeless life is, how there's nothing to look forward to.

The other guy--plump and goodnatured--Wally, I think was his name, argued that he got a certain everyday satisfaction from making lists and doing the tasks on the list and then checking the tasks off the list.

I'm so Wally. I keep a clipboad on my desk. It holds a stack of lined sheets of paper. I love to fill a lined sheet with "things to do." You know...

--Renew Drivers License
--Wash towels
--update website
--shred
--organize book closet
--file
--J&M info 2 M&D
--wash windows


I love crossing out the tasks when I accomplish them. I cross out with yellow hilighter. A life coach I once had years ago called that "giving yourself the sunshine." Corny? Oh yes! Satisfying? Even more so.

While I was writing the most recent book, the list kept getting longer and longer. But last week, I finished that book and sent it off to my publisher. I've been giving myself the sunshine ever since. My list could almost be all sunshined up.

But then, there's always something more to add. Plus, I hate washing windows. I'm avoiding that one. Even getting the sunshine isn't enough to tempt me to get to work with my rags and Windex. Thus, my list is forever incomplete. I rather like that.

Do you make lists? Do you find them satisfying...?

6 comments:

Becca J. Heath said...

I'm with you, I love lists. The first task often being 'make a list' cos that way i have something achievable.
Window washing, however, isn't my thing.
=)

Christine Rimmer said...

Becca, yes! I have to do that when I'm deep in a book and not doing anything on my list. I'll just write "make a list" at the top of my list cross it off with my yellow hilighter! Always looking for ways to give myself the sunshine...

Husker Kim said...

Hey Christine!

Yes--lists! Love them! I make lists for almost everything--I am known to add something to my list, just so that I can cross it off! LOL

The thing that I hate are the hangers on--the things that get transferred from list to list. I know that I am "supposed" to do them, but what I end up doing is moving them to the next list. I hate it when my list completion is so good that all is left is that item! Then I have to do it! UGH!

Take care!

Husker Kim

Christine Rimmer said...

Oh, Kim. Yes! I have been making progress, but there are those hangers-on. And I add things because I can cross them off, as well. We have so much in common!

And it's always so nice to hear from you...

Paz said...

I make lists all over the place. I don't know that I love them. It's just a necessity for me. Without them, I wouldn't get anything done. ;-)

Paz

Christine Rimmer said...

Paz, a woman after my own heart!