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Lists Wise People Make and Actually Keep

By Sandy Schroeder

If you are a “list maker,” you may generate countless paper or digital lists. Some stick around. Others float away.

I am a born list maker. My lists keep me on track to meet deadlines and attend meetings. When I skip the lists, my mind continues to think about what has to be done. If I write it down, I relax, and move ahead.

Lifehack takes this once step further. Here are some crucial lists we could keep.

Goals You Really Want to Achieve

This list forces you to really think about your goals. You might list them in an order of priority, or in categories, such as family, finance, and health. Later you can check to see how you are doing, or add new targets.

This list could become a bulletin board, or a digital checkpoint. There’s great satisfaction pulling a sticky note off the corkboard to celebrate an accomplishment.

Contacts You Really Don’t Want to Lose

How many times have you emptied your wallet to find that scrap of paper with the number of a key contact? Or you may have stored the information on your phone but accidentally deleted it.

Valuable contacts can be anyone from a talented hairdresser to a remarkable colleague. Ongoing additions could be new friends, accountants, lawyers, handymen, or dentists. This list can become a valuable support network for everything you do.

Money for Expenses and Extras

When we actually make a list of our monthly expenses, the extras list shrinks. If we do not break out essential expenses for food, shelter, etc., it can be tempting to spend too much on extras.

I know people who use all sorts of tricks to make their money grow. Some routinely stash leftover dollars to accumulate extra vacation money. Others digitally reserve amounts to cover expenses first.  Decide what works for you. Then watch your money play out on your reminder list.

Creative Burst List

When you have a fresh idea, for work, home, or family, add it to the list. I have a relative who is incredibly creative. His list has led to real-life creations, such as blown glass vases and bowls.  Another friend spins out ideas for imaginative advertising projects. Her list often inspires her friends to do more. Whatever your specialty happens to be, write down new ideas. When you are having an off day, check the list to get motivated.

Your Own Bucket List

Everybody entertains a few dreams. When you run into a challenge, check your bucket list to knock off something that makes all of the other lists worth doing.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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