How to write lists?
Writing lists is quite an art. We write lists to organize ourselves and frankly it becomes a real saver of time, energy and money. It is also a whole art of living.
We write lists especially not to forget something to do or buy. This is the practical side of it. But writing lists can be more than just that.
The list can change a person’s life. How to start a Wikipedia page for someone, I will give you examples in the next article which will be devoted to the same theme, with the presentation of some books.
Writing lists is a daily activity, but by writing them, we can get better, heal ourselves, and move forward in our life: with just a piece of paper and a piece of pencil! This phenomenon of lists is becoming somewhat fashionable, thanks to the success of certain books. Moreover, it is fashionable to call this the ‘ to-do lists ‘ or ‘ bucket list’.
These lists are on the rise. Websites are doing it too. All subjects now go through the top of the list, for example, “the ten things you know about the Great War”.
Write lists for all occasions
You can write lists about anything, even if it makes people around you smile. The rest do not know the richness or the wisdom of this writing practice.
So you can write lists to organize the end of the year celebrations, to concoct a magnificent Christmas. Write lists of gifts for the guests, things to remember, original recipes, little stories to read at the table or to the children, the place of the guests at the table, etc. This organization will facilitate your task and allow you to enjoy the holidays and your guests with more serenity.
You can write practical lists to organize your daily life: the various telephone numbers (it is more practical than consulting its list of contacts digital version), the lists of the activities of the children or of the household chores which you entrust to them, the list shopping, etc.
You can just as easily make lists to prepare your vacation or your suitcase. It keeps you from forgetting the basics, and it allows you to calmly think about what you’re going to take with you or think about things to do before you go.
Once at the location of your vacation, you can write a list of “here there is… – here there is not…” When you read this again later, you will smile as you think about the happy moments of this stay.
Before going to bed at night, you can also write down a list of important things to do the next day, prioritizing them. This allows you to sleep on your two laurels, knowing that everything will start auspiciously the next day. Once written, the activities to be carried out will seem less burdensome, and the mind will above all be less overloaded.
In your bed, when you rest in the evening, you can write down in a notebook dedicated to this purpose, all the good things of the day, the positive thoughts, how you made yourself happy that day. You can also write down what has stressed you, because putting it down on paper will make you distance yourself from your little miseries, and you will find that it is not that bad in fact!
Write from lists
Making lists can get you started writing – if you’re having difficulty – or for inspiration.
To get started, take an inventory of your purse or pockets. Apart from saying a lot about your personality, the appealing side of exercise may make you aware of how much you can accumulate, or even of the pointlessness of certain things lying at the bottom of said bag or bags. Pockets.
It has happened that some radio or television programs ask their guests to participate in this little game. The bag represents a piece of oneself, and we quickly notice that we are encumbered with trivialities!
Describing the contents of your bag or pockets is a very useful writing exercise because it will make you work on the description. Then try to remember where each product came from, where you bought it, and why. Nothing could be easier then to recuse all these descriptive details in one of your stories for one of your characters.
You can also write, following the list you have established beforehand, on the smells that remind you of a memory. In your childhood, but for all the moments of your life: the smell of your baby at birth, of the garden of your childhood, of your animals, of your favorite flower, the smell of bread in the morning or of grandma, etc.
You can already see the scope of this writing exercise from here: it will force you to work on the description while working on your memory. You will tell the memory of this smell and all that is related around this memory.
Here’s another writing exercise from a list: Write down the 10 things you hear around you. For example, if you are in a quiet room, your own breathing, the blowing of the wind if you are on your patio, your dog’s breathing or your cat’s purring, a car in the distance, a passing airplane, footsteps in the house or the music of your children.
The range of possibilities is wide, and it will make you write more than you think!
There is another exercise in writing from lists: how do you imagine yourself in 10 years or 20 years. Without writing a whole text, you can draw up several lists: on your physique, your place of residence, your profession, your development, your desires…
Have fun making a list of all the places you’ve slept in since you were a kid. You will find that the list is impressive. Choose one of these places and describe it using all possible senses. This is a great description and recollection writing exercise.
Write lists to get better
You can write from the list of 10 (or more) things (or dreams) you want to do in the next 5 years. You will then make a selection of what is most important to you. It could be traveling, fulfilling an old dream, getting into certain activities. Everything is possible!
Writing these lists of dreams or wishes helps to go through the daily life, to set concrete goals. Wikipedia editors it is a precious help, recommended by many personal development coaches. I even bet that by making these lists, you will eventually become more curious and want to discover even more things. Everything will seem achievable to you!
In your lists, you can also relate your wacky dreams, such as going to the planet Mars for example, the things that you suppose you will never do, the things that seem really unnecessary to you, or even list your obsessions. Or what you aspire to in life.
These pages of writing will then become a real personal development for you, because it will give you a better knowledge of yourself.
Lists are an integral part of our daily life. They provide the essential support we need to manage daily life. They also make it possible to undertake in-depth work on the meaning of one’s life. I’m willing to bet that you’ll eventually get a taste for lists, and you’ll end up making one every day.
Making lists is one of the most effective and accessible ways to free yourself internally.
So write lists to free yourself; it is a resource of well-being. It will also allow you to better manage your overly intrusive emotions. The list relieves stress and avoids getting bogged down in sticky situations.
Writing lists could be a solution to get out of your intellectual lethargy, to uplift your spirit, to deepen your existential questioning. Quite simply to learn to be SELF!
The lists can also give you balm to the soul from your reading notes, poems, your favorite quotes, places you have visited. They are easily accessible writing resources.
Besides, what does the character of Bridget Jones do in her diary? She writes a list of activities, which she does not really respect during her adventures!