Guest blogger Zoe Homes explains why she’s a ‘list freak’, and why that’s ok.
Before I read How To Do Everything And Be Happy I was already a list freak. I simply cannot cope without lists. I have lists for work, lists for home, lists for my blog, lists for things I want to buy, and of course I have my ultimate “things to do” list – my bucket list. Lists are important to me because I think in colours and music and pictures – I don’t think in words – if I don’t write it down, I don’t remember it. But not just for memory’s sake. I also need lists because I feel the need to know what is happening, for things to be predictable, organised and planned, and most importantly to be able to look back and remember what I have done – knowing what is about to happen and what has happened makes me feel in control, and ultimately, happy.
Before I read How To Do Everything And Be Happy I knew I was not alone in my freakish list making. My mum has lists. Budget lists, shopping lists, meal lists, to do lists (probably where it started). A ex-colleague and good friend of mine also has lists for everything, and panics if there is no list to work from. That’s just two people, I know there are many more. Lists are integral to us functioning normally. Without them life melts into uncontrollable chaos – or that is the fear.
Now I have read How To Do Everything And Be Happy I know I am, in fact, onto something here. Peter Jones confirmed to me in this chatty and incredibly helpful book, that being a “list freak” is actually ok. It’s ok to feel the need for a series of lists – using paper and online services. It’s ok to have a colour coded diary showing everything that’s going on. It’s ok to want to do that in order to feel in control of my day to day being. And it’s ok to use lists to feel like I’ve achieved something at the end of each day, week, month, challenge. In fact, I am getting it right!
Ok so I know I am not normal, but at least I know that happiness can actually be borne out of writing down my plans and sticking to them. Go on… make your list now (start with your “now list”). Oh and get a diary!
Now Boxing Days are another story. An unplanned day a month? In my review I said I thought it was a really great idea, and I still think it is. But I’ve not been brave enough to try one yet!
Zoe Homes, author of Splodz Blogz, is a lover of music, gadgets, fashion, food, mad challenges, and all things happy. She’s all about the journey and trying to get the most out of life.