I have come to LOVE check lists. I make them all the time, sometimes even without realizing I’m doing it. I’m the kind of person who gets everything worked out on paper ahead of time so that I can be focused on accomplishing my goals and move full speed ahead. Amanda even laughs at me for how many check lists I have. One thing I realized that I fail to do though, is look back at those lists once all of the lines are checked off and there are no more tasks to complete. They end up being torn out and thrown away, or at the very least they just sit in my nifty little 6 x 9 in. writing tablet and do nothing.
The other day I was going through a couple lists that I made last November. Lists of things that I needed to do before the end of the year. Things that I wanted to do before the end of the year. And I found myself running my finger down the page and thinking to myself, “check, yep did that one, that’s done, oh and that one too.” I didn’t get everything done on the list, but after looking through the whole list I was surprised by how many of the items I had taken care of, and it felt good. Even though I make lists “so that I can see how much I’ve accomplished”, it’s so easy to fail to use it that way and I end up forgetting to check them off and never give myself credit for it. It’s much easier to remember the things that you don’t get done than the things you do. So here’s to many more checklists and remembering to look back after all the lines are scratched through, to see what we’ve accomplished so that we can then dream up even bigger and better check lists!