3 Lists I Make Daily

3 Lists I Make Daily

I have a theory; you’re either a list maker or you aren’t. A bit like loving or hating Marmite, we neither camps will ever fully understand each other. I’ll nail my colours to the mast right here and now by telling you I am a confirmed, fully paid up member of the list making camp – always have been, always will be.
Here are 3 lists I make daily and the reasons why I make them:
1. To do list
I’m not a naturally organised person, in fact I am woefully unorganised unless I have a list. Each night before I go to bed I jot down a to do list for the next day. Sometimes I write it out in a note book, other times on the back of an envelope or just in the notes app on my phone but I always do it. I write a fairly detailed list because I feel like I’ve achieved more if I can tick off
Email Anna
Email photos to Dave
Email Jez
Reply to Sandra’s email
Rather than
Deal with emails
It just works for me much better, it feels like I’m continually experiencing small bursts of positive throughout my day as I tick something off my list.
2. Expenditure
I write down every single penny I spend during the day. £3 for train fare? Noted. 50p for chewing gum? Noted. £110 council tax? Noted. I write everything down because if I don’t I find myself frittering money away and I’ll be heading in the direction of the dreaded overdraft at the end of the month. I’m not a naturally thrifty person, I have to work incredibly hard not to run out and splurge £400 on shoes or to go into WHSmith to buy stamps and come out having spent £250 on books and sweets. Writing down everything I buy holds me accountable to myself.
3. Gratitude
Well here you go, time to raise your eyebrows. Each day I write down at least three things I’m grateful for. It doesn’t have to be a big thing because the small things matter too. Somedays coming up with 3 things to be grateful for doesn’t come as easily as others but that means I spend the day trying to find the good in the bad and it’s a practice that has calmed me, grounded me and allows me to be a nicer person. Some days there are way more than 3 things to be grateful for, those are usually awesome days.
Are you a list maker?

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