STYLE Savvy: Lists and Styles

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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.

Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain

Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain

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?
Whether your list-making style mimics your personal and/or organizational styles or deviates from them isn’t what matters. What matters is whether or not your list-making works for you. With lists, as with all other aspects of organizing, one size does not fit all.
Which size fits you?
Copyright 2016 Lisa Hess
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About Author

Lisa Lawmaster Hess has contributed articles to local, national and online publications, and is a blogger at The Porch Swing Chronicles, The Susquehanna Writers and here at Catholicmom.com. She is the author of two non-fiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels, Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is a lecturer in psychology at York College and enjoys singing with the contemporary choir at her church.

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