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Making a List

A few days ago Seth Godin posted something about making lists.  He asked a series of questions about following a list someone gives you versus creating your own list.  And he talked about the consequences, and potential rewards, of working from a better list.  This got me thinking…

My life basically runs on lists.  I don’t know if this is good or bad.  My lists have gotten far more unorganized and less straight forward over the last year.  What used to be daily, bullet-pointed homework assignments in my weekly planner is now a handful of new lists I scribble in various places a couple times a week.  I make lists about ideas for Campaigner lessons and blog posts, people to call and email, and big picture life goals.  Then there are the things I write down every single time I make a list and still have yet to do (like send an update to my YL donors!).

How do you use lists?  As a way to remember stuff?  Or prioritize your schedule?  Do you find more satisfaction in creating lists, following them, or crossing things off of them?   Do you even make lists?  Why or why not?  How many different lists do you have going at one time?  Does your list set the tone for your life or are you setting the tone of your list?

Part of me thinks lists are kind of boring.  Like they make life predictable and mundane.  Or at the very least overwhelming to look at.  So I’m thinking of starting to make webs instead.  That may sound like a joke, but I’m serious –>

As opposed to a list, the web seems to be a much more accurate, connected, and dynamic picture of what’s going on inside my head.  I think I’ll try it out for a few weeks and see how it goes.


About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.


2 thoughts on “Making a List

  1. The only lists I make are for either the grocery store or errands. Inevitably, I forget to bring the list with me. I am then forced to rely on my diminishing brain power to remember what I wrote on my list. No wonder nothing gets done!

    Posted by Judy Curley | March 15, 2010, 8:19 PM
  2. Reminds me of the men’s brain, women’s brain you tube video. Men would make lists…women would make a web. You make me smile, Sam. I’m sure glad someone has the time to be creative!

    Posted by Cheryl | March 16, 2010, 2:38 AM

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