Guaranteed to work - or your money back!*
As many as possible.
Preferably on small, individual pieces of paper.
Feeling overwhelmed? Don't know what kind of lists you should write? Don't worry, I'm here to help.
There are of course the traditional kinds of lists, to-do lists, shopping lists, etc. But there are also many more, lesser known types of lists, such as those listed below...Other Types of Lists
Type A: The important list broken down onto more then one small piece of paper.
Yes, it's true, sometimes important lists must be spread out onto more than one tiny little scrap of paper. This is okay, encouraged even.
Type B: Cryptic "lists."
While it might not look like a list per say, it is of the utmost importance that you write down important dates, times, and places, with no other explanatory information. This is one of the important pieces that will transform your list making from pure function, into an art form.
Type C: The helpful assistant list.
Now, in the beginning, you may be tempted to try to do all of these lists yourself, but this is not necessary. Go ahead and allow you assistant to make one of two lists. It's actually best if they can add their input to an existing list, but often they prefer to make their own.
Type D: The Combo List.
This one is very simple to put together, just take an important reminder (school event or half day reminders work great) and write a list on it! Yes, it's really that easy! Just make sure to use a reminder that is still valid, and then take the list with you when you leave the house.
Type E: The Ancient History List.
The list shown here is a little blurry, but it is a grocery list from the spring of 2006! Always keep your lists. you never know when you might need them. (This one is actually a combination of several types of list, making it very rare and valuable in the list collector market.)
Create a diagram.
You've done the hard part, now all you have to do is gather all of your lists and sort them into categories using the following super easy chart. (Click to enlarge- you know you want to.)
Simply enter all of your lists into the chart and then proceed to step three - you're almost done!A few helpful hints:
- When it comes to lists, the truth is, you simply can't be too organized! The more time and energy you put into the painstaking details now, the better off you'll be down the road!
- Use different colored pens to mark the importance of your lists. Here are a few standard colors and common meanings to get you started:
- Red = Very Important
- Blue = No One Will Die If You Don't Get To It
- Yellow = Not Important
- Chartreuse = Do This One ASAP
- Violet = Leave Under Your Pillow
- Lilac Sateen Enamel = Designate to Husband and/or Children
- Matte Midnight Blue = Set Alarm To Do In the A.M.
- Mustard = Life or Death (Many people choose to draw a little skull and crossbones on this one as well, as an extra reminder.)
- Add a number code as a back-up system of keeping track of lists. (To ensure that no one else understands your system, use random numbers that only you will be able to put into any kind of logical order.)
- Keep special boxes with labels co-ordinated to your chart around the house for stashing lists so you won't worry about misplacing them. Remember, the goal is stress-free living!
Side note: First designed by Joy Assmunch in 1982, as a part of her doctoral dissertation, this chart has been used by such celebrities as Arsenio Hall, Ally Sheedy and The Jackson Five!**
Yes, it really is that easy! I bet you didn't think you could do it, but just look at you now! Even from the other side of the blogosphere I can tell that the transformation is amazing! No, no, don't thank me, it was my pleasure.
* You didn't give my any money. Ha!
** This statement is in no way based in any kind of factual reality and is, in fact, patently untrue.