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Hi, my name is Nikki. I AM A SERIAL LIST WRITER.
Here is my story.
For the first half of my life I slid by only doing the basics that were required to get through life. I think it had something to do with a combination of defiance and laziness. The older I get the more I feel like I must take on more than one person can handle at all times or I feel like I'm not fitting in as an active member of society. I blame society for this problem of mine that has been spiraling out of control for some time now. With 3 kids I feel like it is unacceptable for me to forget anything EVER. I've been doing this now for long enough that I should have a system that works to manage the house and all the kids. For me, this requires lists. Lots and lots of lists. Not just one. MANY.
At this very moment this is my list of current lists:
There is a list on my phone of things I can not forget.
There is a list on my phone of blogs notes and ideas.
On the kitchen counter there is always a list of chores that need to be done.
Next to that is the list of phone calls that need to be made.
There are always 2 separate lists for the stores. One for Groceries, and one for Walmart. The second I get home I start a new list.
I have a list of all the house bills in date order so I can cross it off when they are paid.
There is a reminder list on a white board in the kitchen that includes a list of dinner choices for the week, and white board list in Thing 1's room and on Thing 2's door.
I have a small list on a Post it note that I keep in my pocket every day at work.
I have a list on paper of log-ins and passwords for the computer which is completely unnecessary because I have an app on my phone that already has the master list.
As if that is not enough to keep up with my newest list that I am so proud of (that I just came up with) is a couple reminders I have just written on the kids bathroom mirror. Oh yes! Thing 2 & 3 keep forgetting deodorant so I decided putting it in list form would help them remember!
These lists do not include my calender that is filled with events complete with reminders set with an alarm for each entry. I have 2 of these.
I realize that this is probably considered a mental issue, but my every day list seems so long that there is no way I can fit in on one page. It makes me so happy when I can mark things off (which I always do in black marker) but as soon as I do I have more to add to it, and then that prompts me to write a new list that is neater and more current. If you cover up my list with other useless crap that almost always prompts me to panic like I have no idea what's going to happen next because my list is not visible!
So, see we're not talking about your average run of the mill " To Do" list. I'm talking about Chronic list writing with a side of craziness. SO completely off the charts that I noticed the other day it is spreading like a contagious disease inside these four walls. My youngest daughter Thing 3 has a Birthday list on the fridge. This would be normal considering her birthday is in 3 weeks. I'm reading it over the other day so I can start watching sales when I realize this is not the original list. This list has been revised several times now and re-written by several different people. Thing 3 lost some writing skills a couple months ago so she actually had to ask someone to write this list for her. OMG! This is so out of control EVERYONE is affected!
I don't know how to fix this. I feel like I've
list .....SHIT...I mean LOST my mind!
Holy Shit Batman! I hope I don't start speaking with a
List ..I mean LISP!
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