Sunday, November 23, 2008

To list or not to list?

Are you a list maker? Rambling ahead....

Do you enjoy researching and planning? Do you feel better when you know the path you are on? I love the research and self examination on each item. I prefer to control my life or at least maintain some order. That's not saying I don't enjoy a little spontaneity too. My wife cringes a little when I talk about doing something new because she knows what's coming. Like when I took up spinning, I researched for months on end. Spreadsheets with all the features and pro/con list. The decision to buy my first guitar was a research exercise ad nauseum, ask the wife about it and she can answer with just a facial expression. I'm not sure I could put up with my OCD behavior but I'm glad she does. When we started going back to the library, I started looking at my life and felt like I missed so much because of the books that should have been read by now. Looking at all those list of 100 books you should read before you die and there are bunches of list. No matter what list I looked at their were holes in that compilation. That caused me to begin merging list but its turning out to be just a place to begin my loose guide. Every time I go to the library or book store I find another book looks like it should be on my list. My problem is that I'm adding more books to the list than checking them off. As I was writing this I realized the same sort of applies to all my list. The fiber list has paused at least and the yarn stash has idled in the last 6 months. At least we seem to be using yarn at the same rate as we are buying it now. It's just easier to talk about or think about doing things and actually doing them. My endless struggle with time management frustrates me because I never account for the time I spend thinking about what I want to do. At least this only seems to apply to my personal life, my professional life is almost void of research in comparison. That's enough talking about doing something, time to engage and participate in my life a little before bed.

Have a great week

Life is Good


  1. I'm a big list maker too. And a big planner. I plan things to death and by the time I have it "all sorted out," I've lost the passion and interest.

  2. Anonymous12:11 PM

    This is a great post Jerry! I esp. love the last line... I need to create a banner and hang it where I'll see it daily!

    - dlotter

  3. i'm a list maker too, and, like you, I have dozens of books on mine. I now have a new list of classical music CDs that I want, and that's harder to deal with because most of them can't be borrowed from the library.

    I have terrible motivation trouble. I spend way too much time thinking about what I should be doing, but I don't. I'm not sure why that is, but it's driving me nuts. Every week slips by, and I have nothing to show for it as far as I can tell.

    And I just cataloged my cross-stitch projects. I have 87 patterns with fabric waiting to be done. I will say no more on the lunacy of that fact.


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