Not Your Average To-Do List: 6 Great Lists I’ve Made

I’ve always been a list person, but not in the traditional sense. I’m not the type of person who makes extensive daily to-do lists (although I tried to be sophomore year of college).  When I think of something I want to remember, whether it is a task to complete or an interesting idea to write about, I like to scrawl down in list form.  Over the years, I’ve written down some pretty interesting lists and since I’ve always been a journal writer, I still have some of these lists. Since I’ve been sorting through my things lately to prepare for a move, I was easily sidetracked by a stack of journals and notebooks on my bookshelf.  Here’s a look at some of the better lists I’ve made thus far:

People/Things/Traits that I Hate or Piss Me Offcompiled 03/98 as a freshman in high school. I made this list with a friend and the entire thing was 16 pages long. We made it for entertainment purposes so that we’d have something to laugh about in Biology. Here are some highlights:

  1. homework
  2. health class
  3. people who try to be matchmakers
  4. video discs
  5. the feeling that there isn’t enough time in a day
  6. dead bird guts
  7. cleaning out the swim bus after a swim meet
  8. running out of cookies
  9. backstroke, it was my best stroke
  10. scantron

Secret Locations of Important Documentscompiled 06/99 while on a class trip to France for three weeks between 10th and 11th grade.

  1. Extra francs in red binder pocket.
  2. Used film in side pocket of swim bag.
  3. Travelers checks in journal from Adriane.
  4. American dollars in p. 63 of Summer by Edith Wharton.

Crazy Antics to Do compiled in the Fall of 2002, while a sophomore in college.

  1. Toilet paper [address of student house #1] and [address of student house #2]
  2. Have a kegger in our room.

Thoughts on a Day Off compiled 6/14/07 while living in Boston.

  1. Stop the drilling.
  2. It’s the time to get sappy over bad TV.
  3. Make a British mix CD.
  4. Have a dance party to drown out the drilling.
  5. Is it too early to have a beer?

List of Things to Do Today compiled 6/30/07 when some guests were visiting Boston, some for the first time. Wanted them to experience the full culture of Boston.

  1. Eat New England Clam Chowder.
  2. Wine in a box.
  3. Eat Mike’s Pastry.
  4. Chill in the North End.
  5. See a 3 cornered hat.
  6. Tag our names.
  7. Yell in Faneuil Hall.
  8.  Go to the graveyard and find our birthday buddies.

Facts About Pigs– compiled 10/11/07 after going to the Fryeburg Fair in Maine and seeing all the livestock.

  1.  4th smartest animals.
  2. Actually really clean; roll in mud because they don’t have sweat glands.
  3. Make good pets because they don’t shed.

If you’re not a list person, I suggest you start. Instead of recording things you have to do such as: 1) laundry 2) pay rent 3) buy groceries, jot down things you wish you could do: 1)sleep in until noon 2) buy a yacht 3) drink Mickey’s on yacht. The second kind of list, while not always the most practical, is much more fun to make.

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8 thoughts on “Not Your Average To-Do List: 6 Great Lists I’ve Made”

  1. A room mate of mine in college had a girlfriend (Travis and Kristin, respectively) who had this long, super cheesy list/poster of things to be happy about. We wrote a 31 page list of things to be upset about. It became a kind of party game as the days went by. Many, many people contributed to the list. I think I still have it.

    I am also a list person and appreciate this post on many levels. I would share some of my lists but they are things like “Super Hot Women” or “Hat Manufacturers of the 1930s that I admire”.

  2. I’m glad someone else out there appreciates a list post. I like the idea of having a long list available for party guests to contribute to. I’ll have to think of a new idea for a list and then do that.

    I would be interested to see who would make the “Hat Manufacturers of the 1930s that I admire.” Another list I made that was too long to add here was “Red Flags that Cannot Be Ignored in the Future.” It was comprised of 27 “red flags” about a person’s personality that I felt couldn’t be ignored any longer. Pretty entertaining.

  3. I love it, Sonja! Another fun activity: write an untitled list, give it to another person, have them guess the topic of the list. I especially like that you wanted to have a kegger in your room sophomore year. I’m glad you didn’t.

  4. Although it would have been fitting to have a kegger in Peet, I’m glad I didn’t do so either. I will also have to try the untitled list game. Perhaps at my next party…Thanks for sharing!

  5. I am a huge list person too, but in all forms. Love your 1998 list – especially scantrons (haven’t heard that word since high school). It’s always fun to look back and see what your thoughts and/or priorities were at different points in your life.

  6. Thanks for commenting! I agree, it’s fun to look back at different points of your life and see what your priorities. I wish that “running out of cookies” was still the biggest issue in my day-to-day life. 🙂

  7. What I Wish I Did Less Frequently:
    –go to work late
    –reach the bottom of my bank account before payday
    –get home from work late
    –wash dishes
    –leave unfolded laundry all over the place

    What I Wish I Did More Often:
    –Shop for and buy fabulous clothes
    –walk, run, hike, swim, climb
    –read blogs
    –sew
    –ignore the call of technology and farmville
    –intake water

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