In praise of lists

By Jim Preen, Director of Crisis Management at YUDU Sentinel

I like lists, there I said it.

This means I’ll be branded immediately as:

  • Anal
  • Weirdly obsessive
  • As interesting as Love Island Wales

Some people hate lists because:

  1. They’re a tyranny; something brooding that looks at you like that mildly scary geography teacher from school
  2. They increase my feelings of inadequacy
  3. I’ll never get all this done
  4. Or: ‘Sorry, I’m just not a list person’ (said in a slightly snotty tone)

I recently read an article telling me to dump ‘to-do lists’ in favour of ‘got-done lists’.

To do this I had to start by making a list of my values and organise my life into the following categories:

  • Health and wellness
  • Career and impact
  • Family and relationships
  • Finances
  • Community and spirituality

I found this:

A. Hilarious

B. Utterly useless

Growing tired of all the lists scribbled on pieces of paper that litter my desk, I started to see if there was a list app that I could use. (Now you’re starting to understand the level of obsession you’re dealing with here)

I decided to make a list of all the different list apps so I could:

  1. Contrast
  2. Compare

This is the list of the list apps that I liked:

  • Wrike (looks like a typo to me)
  • Proggio (Ideal to list your fave prog rock bands)
  • Van Der Graff Generator
  • Emerson, Lake and Palmer
  • Rick Wakeman (Strictly speaking not a band)
  • Magma
  • Barclay James Harvest
  • Tangerine Dream
  • SmartSheet
  • Jim’s big to-do list written on Word, printed out and then lots of other stuff scribbled on top. (Strictly speaking not an app)

It boiled down to:

  2. Jim’s big to-do list written on Word, printed out and then lots of other stuff scribbled on top. (Strictly speaking not an app)

Monday won! I now have lots of lovely lists in different colours with due dates and stickers telling me I’ve done stuff, I’ve yet to start, I’m stuck on something or else I’m waiting for review.

Actually, there’s something I really need signed off ASAP, so should I:

  1. Give James a bit more time?
  2. Send him a reminder by:
  3. Email?
  4. Text?
  5. Slack?
  6. Start barking at him over the phone?

Lists, I just love ‘em and quite frankly I could:

  1. Go on and on
  2. Stop now

(B, pick B for goodness sake. Ed)

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