There was a piece on BBC Breakfast today that really struck a chord with me. They were talking about “to do lists” and if people that write them are more successful.
Well I am a prolific “To do list” writer, in fact it is the only way that I can cope with all I have to do. People do say to me “I don’t know how you do it”.
Well I will tell you how I do it. Dots. It is all about the dots. So much about the dots I have now launched it as Dotty Diary
This is one of my most treasured posessions:
It is the house bible. Everything goes in here and if it isn’t here, well quite frankly, it isn’t happening.
The three Bs are each at a different school or college so all holidays, exeats and matches have to be put in. Normal pick up is 4pm for E so when there is a match and it is 5.30pm I have to write it down so I know I can’t be 12 miles away collecting C from work before she calls me at 5.05 to ask “where are you”.
That Bulldog clip is used to hold dry cleaning or shoe repair receipts / tickets to events so I know exactly where they are.
To carry all of this around in my head would take up so much energy that I don’t think I would ever sleep. Remembering when I have arranged to call one of my Victim Support Clients /send an email for Carnival / ensure paperwork is in place for a client.
Getting things out of my head is the only way I can cope with running this house and all five of us.
And this is a view backed up by Linda Papadopoulos, the pyschologist on the BBC’s sofa this morning.
She confirmed that pyschologically when we do something we do cross it off in our head. And so when we don’t get something done it sits in our sub conscious still. Almost nagging away at us. Therefore putting it on paper “ticks it off in our minds”. Exactly how I feel.
They did conclude that there IS a direct link between writing lists and success. People that write lists appear to be more goal and target driven and, therefore, more successful.
If that’s true David Cameron and Simon Cowell better look out.
What do you think? To list or not to list?