I Am a List Maker

list by computer

I really like to be organized. I’ve talked about organizing my physical space before, but it’s also important for me to organize my mental space. I will fully admit that I can be scatterbrained and I have the attention span of a goldfish. Things I need to remember either flitter away as soon as I think them or cycle repeatedly in an anxious loop. The way that I keep my mental space organized is to make lists.

I always have many, many lists going. I have lists on my computer, lists in my sketchbook, and lists on scraps of paper floating around me. Some are ongoing (books I want to read), some are short term (to do today). Some are meant to be worked through systematically, some are repositories for ideas I have no intention of following through on. Keeping lists keeps me organized and working through them helps me feel productive. I’ve even been known to retro-actively add something to my list just so I can immediately cross it off just so I can feel like I’m getting things done!

I have many sewing lists. I have a list of all my fabric (although it’s often not up to date). I have a list of projects I want to sew (although things often jump the queue). I have lists of skills I want to beef-up (crotch fitting being an obvious one!). I have lists of patterns I want to develop (and there’s no way I’ll ever have enough time for all of them).

Do you keep lists? Do they make you happy or drive you crazy?


Each week this year I’m going to reflect on an aspect of myself and how it affects me as a sewist, crafter, or blogger. It may get deep, it may get emotional, it may get totally silly. It may be something I’m proud of, it may be something I cringe at, it may be something I aspire to. I may say a lot, I may say a little, I may ask questions, I may not answer them. I don’t quite know where the project will take me, but I’m excited about the journey. I’d be honored to have you join me on this journey. Chime in any time this year in my blog comments, on TwitterInstagram, or your own blog. Join me in my theme for the week or make up your own.

Comments 12

  1. Oh my! Lists are my sanity saver as well. I too retroactively add to them. Without lists I think I would have a much harder time being productive or even knowing what to do first!

  2. I keep an unreasonable number of lists. I have notebooks of lists. I have lists of lists. I carry around three different notebooks with me so I can have different places to put different types lists. But I love them. They only drive me crazy when I step back and think how this might look to others.

  3. I’m glad I’m not the only one who takes list making to the extreme! It’s the only way to remember everything I need to do and things I just want to remember!

  4. My other half is the list maker in our home. Sometimes I look at his lists to keep me organized! I really need to steal that idea of keeping a list of fabrics I have bought, however. Great idea.

  5. (laughs maniacally)

    Why yes i may make a list or three dozen. I plan to leave your post open on my computer to taunt my husband when he comes down to use it – he is forever agitated about my dedication to pencil on paper lists.

    Keep an ear open and you, too, should be able to hear his scream of desperation as he sees what is on the screen. Happy Weekend!!! ;)

  6. Oh lists. I have lists running constantly, and whenever I am feeling the most stressed, sitting down and creating a list in Excel instantly calms me down and gives me direction in my thoughts.

  7. Lists! All the time! I cannot function without them. And I definitely add things retrospectively. However I have yet to find a satisfactory way to record my sewing list. I’m more of a visual person, but I cannot draw, so I end up with no sewing list, and instead obsessively think about it, so I don’t forget it.

  8. I love me a list or two. Before I was married and had kids I had many more lists, which is ironic. Because I really REALLY need them more now as with kids my memory is dying and I’m always forgetting things.
    I wish my husband would make lists. But I think he prefers denial, where everything is done and nothing is waiting…

  9. I can’t help myself. For sewing plans I have papernotes, a spreadsheet, stuff on evernote and pinterest and now I’ve started with trello (since seeing it on the by hand london blog). My books to read has now gone onto goodreads, but on evernote I have a list of movies and TV I want to see, meal planning lists, restaurants/cafes I’d like to visit…..!

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