Welcome to 2012! Will the world end on December 12? Will the Kardashians take over before then? Will hell actually freeze over when the Cubs win the World Series?
I don’t have any predictions about the world in 2012. Nor do I have any New Year’s resolutions. This year, like most years, what I have is my handy-dandy list of goals.
List-making? Yes, lists. I love lists. I make daily lists, weekly lists and monthly lists. Headlines that read Top 10 Fabulous/Hilarious/Helpful Things always catch my eye. I fill notepads, notebooks and journals with ’em and I enjoy crossing each entry off – that sense of accomplishment is a pure rush of adrenaline. My lists contain goals for my career, things I need to remember, and a step-by-step process for beating out Kim, Kourtney and Kloe in my quest for world domination.Science has shown that making lists is good for many of us. Goal-centered lists motivate us, help us stay more organized, assist us in prioritizing, and (surprise, surprise) actually make us more creative! Good news for writers and other artists.
Lists can also be highly entertaining. David Letterman, anyone?
Yes, there’s an evil downside to list making. Overdoing it. There are those of us (who shall remain nameless) who get so caught up in making the lists and crossing to-do things off them that we can become overwhelmed and frustrated when we always have more to do than we can actually accomplish.
So this year, I’m reigning in the list making. One list per day of the top 10 things I want/need to do. A short list, in other words. I’m also keeping my New Year business plan list to the top 12 things (one for each month) that I want to accomplish in 2012. You have no idea how hard it is for me to keep it at one thing per month.
I’m also keeping my list-making mania in prospective by visiting http://www.toptenz.net. This site is filled with Top 10 lists of every type imaginable, many of them hilarious and entertaining. For example, take this Top 10 Demotivational Posters Featuring Animals http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-funny-demotivational-posters-feauring-animals.php .
Other lists on this site are educational. In fact, as writers, you can find tons of cool historical facts and stories to trigger your creative side. Since I write spy novels, one of my favorites was the Top 10 Conspiracy Theories http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-conspiracy-theories.php.
So tell me, are you a list maker? Does it help you stay on track? When you look at your goals for 2012, do you feel excited or overwhelmed? One commenter will win a magnetic weekly list pad from me to help keep them organized in 2012! (be sure to leave your email addy in your comment if you want to be entered to win!)