List making may be an art, but list keeping is another matter.
So lately, we’ve been having a bit of fun with my reflections of a reluctant list maker. Even with the miraculous invention of the sticky note in every color of the rainbow, I can lose my list in less than 10 minutes. I have a unique hormonal chemistry that repels sticky notes. They fly away from my presence with a will of their own. I can lose my list between the bananas and the milk nearly every visit to the grocery store.
And though I know many people store lists on their phones now-a-days, I can’t bring myself to part with paper.
There’s just something about a sticky note…
These days, my lists are semi-sacred spaces. My list is a safety net bridging the gap between remembering and forgetting, between winning and wandering. With limited capacity, my brain is like a colander–too much information leaks out through the holes of my attention.
Oh yes, I’m a believer now.
Keeping a list is a practical way to organize tasks and increase productivity. I can’t tell you how, but I know this is true. It is also a good way to remember to pick up kids on early dismissal days.
The dark side of THE LIST…
A good list can produce an almost magical kind of productivity. But when your list becomes THE LIST, it’s all too easy to discover the dark side of list making.
How often have we measured our value or defined the success of a day by the items we can cross off our list?
We all love that adrenaline rush of checking off the last item on our list, don’t we? Yet when did we begin to allow productivity to proclaim our worth?
To define the difference between a good day and a bad day?
Does productivity proclaim your worth?
You see, many of us have been brain washed and fully indoctrinated into the dark side of THE LIST.
I know someone (besides me) out there needed to read this truth today.
More confessions from a reluctant list maker:
Sometimes I write every thing I can think of that I need to do for the rest of my life, just to see if it can fit on one sticky note.
It’s a good thing they now make REALLY BIG sticky notes! Oh the joy of a jumbo sticky note!
Okay, so that’s a slight exaggeration.
But seriously, do you ever write down more than you know is humanly possible and then expect yourself to gloriously check off every item by dinner?
Have you spoken unkind words to yourself because you didn’t complete THE LIST?
Friend, this is a another bad habit from the dark side of THE LIST that will drive you crazy and take you captive.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you“–Matthew 6:33
Put God first and trust Him to help you with all the doing. Seeking God first can give us wisdom to put the right things on the list. With God’s wisdom, we can choose the best over the good and the important over the seemingly urgent.
Let me tell you, I’ve spent plenty of time stressing to accomplish things that I didn’t really need to do.
Plan what you need to do, but remember there are only twenty-four hours in a day. God is still good and you are too, even if you can’t get it all done. This is a truth to put on THE LIST!
Now if I can just remember where I put my list…
Have you discovered the dark side of list making? What does that look like for you?