If you have ADHD, you have lists.
No. Nope. It’s not up for debate.
I mean, I don’t make lists any more, well, not like I used to. Every now and then I’ll have an overwhelming amount of things I need to get done in a day and I’ll grab an empty envelope and a pen and soon there’s a list in my pocket …
… with a bunch of other lists that I still have from the past.
Yes, making lists is something we’re good at. I make them in my head, on my phone, on my computer, and of course on paper.
There are note pads all over the house, and yes, I really do use old envelopes as well.
In fact, my partner is more likely to use a note pad for a list than I am. I feel like my lists aren’t really deserving of note pad quality paper.
And why is that?
Well, as good as I am at making lists, I’m not really very good at making lists.
Let me explain. My lists tend to sprawl beyond the bounds of definition. I tend to stick to the heading, “To Do,” because if I try to restrain or restrict the definition of entries on my list I end up having to make several lists.
And worse still is when I have to make a list of all the current lists I have on the go.
A list might contain what I intend to make for supper, the blog posts I currently owe, some IT work that needs doing, what my current plan is for decluttering some part of the the garage, my favorite chocolate bar, a passage from a book I’m currently reading, the groceries I currently need to pick up, random facts about currency in some remote country before they used minted currency, and the laundry schedule for the next month (Tuesday: Laundry, Tuesday: Laundry, Tuesday: Laundry, Tuesday: Laundry).
A list can become confusing. they can also be hard to prioritize.
A list might also get left behind in the garage, at the grocery store, anywhere really.
It also can become redundant when other things come up that need doing or that distract me.
Lists can …
They can cause stress when they are overly ambitious. They can become obsessions, or be excuses for procrastination (“I can’t do my taxes now, I have a list of things to do …” spoken as I head out the door to clip the grass along the driveway with scissors.)
Lists can be demons. Found or lost, followed or abandoned, they can make life a misery.
Sometimes I think I should just quit using lists!
I’m putting that thought on my list of things to consider … sometime … in the future.