Self-Care Challenge (Day 333): Making Lists

a purple journal with a cup of coffee

On day 333 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I made lists.

I’m a list maker — admittedly, sometimes to a fault. I have to be careful not to spend so much time making lists that I run out of time to complete anything on them.

My morning ritual has helped a lot with this, but making lists is important in another way too: it keeps me from feeling frazzled. And for that reason alone, I consider it an act of self-care.

Some people are blessed with having a great memory. Mine? Not so much. If I don’t write an idea down immediately, it’s quickly replaced by another one…and another one…and another one. My brain is a virtual idea factory.

List-making has prevented some pretty disastrous uh-ohs for me. Realizing that you’ve forgotten to turn off the coffee pot, feed your animals, or take out the garbage doesn’t bode well for a relaxing vacation. (Kevin McCallister’s family could have used a list or two.)

For me, lists are critical when I’m preparing to leave for a trip. Whether I’m gone for just a few days or an extended period of time, there are lots of things that need to get done in advance. And that reduces my stress level immensely.

How do you use lists to make your life better?

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