1. I wouldn’t have the satisfaction of crossing off things as I accomplish them.
2. I would forget to meet people. Even with my list, I have been known to do this. It does help to put the appointment on the right day though.
3. I would too often forget to be in the right place at the right time. Note to self: Write enough details to remember Who? What? When? Where? and Why? (I forgot the “who” portion once. I knew where I was going and when but had no idea who I was meeting for supper. D’uh!)
4. And in a similar vein, I would forget pretty much everyone’s birthday, at least the people who aren’t on Facebook. I love the daily reminder on the right hand column of my news feed. I used to be so good about keeping up with birthdays and anniversaries. Maybe 2013 is a good year to try to do better again.
5. Too many friends and family members would drop off the radar. It isn’t because they’re not important. It’s just because I flit here and there and too much time would pass before I realized what was happening. My lists don’t prevent it 100 percent, but they do help.
6. I find lists are sanity savers. I don’t have to worry about forgetting something particularly important if I include it on a centrally-located list. Those scraps of paper – not the best idea, however.
7. I’ve been a dump-it-on-paper-and-forget-it-until-later type for a long time. If forgetfulness becomes age-related, I probably won’t notice. Score!
8. Without the list of exercises (and some detailed explanations of said exercises), I wouldn’t remember my personal routine – or the routine I’ll soon be teaching.
9. Those books I want to read and websites I want to visit would go ignored – some of them indefinitely.
10. My pastors would be asking regularly, “Did you get such and such done?” And the answer would be “Oops! I forgot.”
11. I would have to replace the phrase “eclectically-interested” with “scattered” when asked to describe myself.
12. I would have had to come up with a different idea for today’s post.
And you thought I was organized. Pshaw!
How about you? Do you live by your list?