The Blog of Note today on iGoogle was Ah the Possibilities!, written by Sarah. She is a list maker and when a friend accused her of being “bossy” with her To Do List, she asked for opinions.
Her commenters were almost all list-makers. I feel that I must speak for the minority:
OK, I do them sometimes. When I feel like I have too much going on at the same time and I don’t want to miss anything. When I want to feel like a responsible grown up.
But they are. so. boring.
I tried for awhile to make lists to go grocery shopping. I seem to recall it was advice in a “How to Save More Money” column. No kidding, I would leave the lists in the car. I could remember to bring my reusable shopping bags, but the grocery list? Forget it. Then I tried putting the list in my bag before leaving the house. I would walk around the grocery store with a list in my bag and not take it out even once.
When I returned to the office from being on the road, I made a To Do list. That was two weeks ago and it isn’t finished yet. Perhaps I am rebelling against The List. Once a task is on The List, it becomes a chore.
Through the whole of my childhood, I don’t remember my mother ever giving me a To Do list. (Maybe I have blocked it out.) But at the same time, she is the type that will plan ahead for the route she will take to drive to the gas station.
I have done several personality profile things that call it by different names: Low Systematic, Unstructured, Spontaneous, Perceiving (as opposed to Judging), Cluster Thinking. It is preference. I still get to work every day. I meet deadlines. I am not late for appointments. I just don’t like lists.
So. Do I think list makers are bossy? No. Not unless they are trying to get me to use one.