Just a humorous note on list-making. If any of you out there like to be organized, and make a lot of lists to keep you that way, then let me just say, “hat’s off to you”. Let’s be clear: I am obsessive about my list making, because traditionally I am a “goal oriented person”. In other words, I have an internal agenda and want to cross everything off daily (sometimes several times a day) in order to stay in check.
This behavior may find some of you rolling your eyes and rubbing your head, but it works for me. If I can’t cross things of the list, and this could be the daily list, the weekly list, or the long-term list, then that item will be carried over to the next list with that title.
Let me just state that I am an operating room nurse, and have been a nurse for a very, very long time. Nurses ALWAYS have an agenda. We are trained to observe small signs and record things down to the minute. Especially in an operating room, where all documentation must match other documents down to the minute (lest we go to court), we are obsessively noticing every….little….detail.
When I first started working in the O.R. back in 1990, one of the nurses there shared her shortcut to remembering times. She rolled out about 6 inches of medical tape, slapped in onto her thigh, and started writing times down on her leg. This was preferable to running over the the chart every 10 seconds to write stuff down. It worked for her, and I used it in times of chaos. Keep that little trick in mind the next time you need to remember stuff.
Just for giggles, here is what is currently on one of my “short lists”:
- Buy Austin tickets
- Check air Delta 6/2
- pay Heloc back (I know…)
- glasses ready
- Eric Hoffer book award (book, entry fee, $60.00 check to….address
- Austin – Denver 5/25 (pd for 1 checked bag)
- blog ideas on meditation…….etc. etc. etc.
The opposite side of the page has about 15 lines of code with dates, time frames, duties and approximate ideas of what I did for my boyfriends non-profit organization…see here:
Because, you just don’t know when he’s gonna say, “what have you done for me lately”? Just a note on old-fashioned checkbook entries….I always had to balance down to the penny. Thank God for online banking so I could let that one go! Whew!
So, if you are or are not a list-maker, just remember, someone out there has a list with your name on it. You will be remembered. Have a wonderful weekend people. I will let you know how my upcoming weekend in New Mexico living in a trailer in the middle of nowhere goes….