Often associated with the overly fastidious and obsessive, list-making is something most of us only think to do when we're writing down the weekly groceries. However, lists can be incredibly effective tools for productivity, organisation, and even a fuel for positivity.
So if you're looking to take control of your life, and feel good while your doing it, take a look over our very own list-about-lists and become a more productive version of you!
1. Making lists improves your memory: Taking notes longhand can help us to process, understand and remember essential information in a more meaningful way than when we simply type out what we hear or read using a laptop or tablet.
2. Helps with stress: When you've got too many things to do, your mind feels scattered and it seems as though accomplishing all your tasks is an impossible feat. Writing down exactly what you have to do has the psychological effect of emptying your mind, alleviating stress and helping you to look at everything afresh. You may even find that once you've written everything down, it's a lot more manageable than you first realised!
3. Helps with time management: Whether you're at work, school or dealing with personal aspects of your life, lists can help you to use your time more effectively - you'll never have a moment when you're unsure what to do when you've got your list of priorities close by.
4. Prioritisation: Lists can act as a way of ranking your tasks in terms of importance and when you can visually see what you need to do, the most urgent and immediate tasks will leap off the page and you'll know exactly what you need to do first and what you can hold back on for the meantime.
5. You feel like you're accomplishing something: When you start crossing things off your list as the day goes by, you feel productive, positive and in control of your goals.
6. Helps you to make decisions: Life choices can often be stressful, but if you take yourself through the individual steps to making a particular decision on paper, it becomes clearer and easier to determine which choice is the right or wrong one for you.
7. Prevents procrastination: Making a list solidifies your goals and makes your tasks seem more concrete and real - when you see what you need to do in black and white, you can no longer avoid things and you can start to set deadlines for yourself and commit to the job at hand.
8. Making lists is fun! Writing "Top 5 Favourites" lists is engaging and stimulates the mind, giving others an insight into what you're passionate about as well as provoking thought and expressing ideas in a succinct, visual and simple way.