As an I need to see it person, I have a love-hate relationship with lists. I love dumping "to-dos" out of my head and onto paper, where I can see them -- to a point. But, if the list gets too long, I start to get overwhelmed. The details overwhelm the big picture, and I start to lose sight of the forest because there are too many trees.
My list-making behavior reflects both my I need to see it personal style and my global personality. Overwhelmed by details (global personality), I need to re-construct my lists in ways that are less visually overwhelming (I need to see it) in order for them to be a useful tool.
How about you? Does your list-making reflect your styles?
- If your personal style is I need to see it, do you subdivide and color-code for visual efficiency?
- If you're a cram and jammer, do you cram as much as possible onto one page?
- If you're a drop and run organizer, do you make your list, set it down and forget about it, only to return to it later?
- If you have an I love stuff personal style, do you need to find just the right paper before you can write anything down?
- If you're an I know I put it somewhere organizer, do your lists go missing because you put them in a "safe place"?
- If you have an I love to be busy personal style, are you as efficient with your lists as you are with your time?
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About the Author
Transplanted Jersey girl Lisa Lawmaster Hess is the author of a blog compilation, three novels, and three non-fiction books, including the award-winning Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is an adjunct professor of psychology at York College of Pennsylvania. She blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles, Organizing by STYLE, and here at Catholicmom.com. Read all articles by Lisa Hess.