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9 Reasons Why You Should Use Lists and What You Can Use Lists For

9 Reasons Why You Should Use Lists and What You Can Use Lists For

It’s natural to jot things down one after the other, but are you getting full value out of your lists? Why should you use lists and are there more things you can use lists for?

1. Lists are a great way to organise your information.

If you don’t organize your information, it can be scattered everywhere even a regular pin-board can look messy, but if you separate it out into different topics or categories it’s a  lot less messier. Moving house? Organize what items will go into what room using a list for each room. Planning a wedding? Lists are great for arranging people into different tables.

2. Lists provide a simple structure.

There’s no deep thinking needed to understand how a list works. Show a Venn diagram to someone, or even a line chart and you still have to explain what the horizontal and vertical axis mean, but a list? No explanation needed, only the topic of the list is needed and it’s easy to understand.

3. Lists are easy to read and write.

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Writing a list? It’s simple, straight down the page one line after the next. There’s no need for complex sentences, or paragraphs and when you give it to someone to read, they can skim straight down. It’s usually easier to identify important points from a list, when compared to chunks of text.

4. Prioritize your day.

Busy day ahead? Create a list of all the things that need to be done and then order them in priority and tackle them all. You can break up the list into separate days if there is too much to do in one day. Insert breaks into your list to schedule some ‘reward’ time or put in some simpler items in between large complex tasks to break up the day. It helps you to make sure that you achieve what you plan to achieve, and can help prevent you from procrastinating.

5. Helps you to arrange things in order.

Top ten lists, priority lists, task lists, to-do lists. Simply putting a number in front of each list item helps you to arrange your list into an order that is meaningful. Once you have something in list order, numbering becomes easier. Then if you have to write things out again, you do it based on the numbers you created.

6. Make lists about anything.

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That’s right, anything. Think about all the blog posts that you have read that are lists. All the charts that you have followed. Work in a company? They use lists too, whether it is task management lists, to-do lists. Whenever you’re brainstorming what gets written down? Ideas in a list format. Shopping lists, reading lists… heck, everything and anything has been made into lists. Lot’s of services already arrange things into lists for you, such as Twitter friends list, Facebook friends list, in fact the newsfeeds that you get from Facebook and Twitter are in a …. List format.

7. Lists are easy to share.

Whether you’ve created it in a computer, mobile app, even on paper, it’s easy to share a list. In fact they are engaging and easy to consume. That makes it something that people want to share. Whether it’s a list to watch videos or a list of  date ideas, when you come across an intriguing list, you feel compelled to share it because you know that your friends are likely to read it too. Even if it’s not for entertainment, to-do and task lists can be shared to pool resources and get things done. “Here is a list of things we need to accomplish today, who wants to take on which tasks?”

8. Lists can be about fun things too.

It’s not all about tasks, to-dos or get things done. It can be about entertainment. Movies to watch lists, playlists, funny jokes lists, top 10 lists. Some of the things I use lists for include a TV shows watch list. New seasons of many  shows are about to start, so my list contains the show, channel and day the next broadcast is.

9. Lists can be a good way to collect and bookmark information.

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Lists can also be used to  keep track of all the useful weblinks and articles that you want to read, organized into different categories that can range from  news stories, recipes, designs any topic that you can possibly be interested in.

Problems with creating Lists 

So there are all these reasons and things to create lists for, but what tools are there? The main problem is if you are using paper then reorganizing your list is problematic. Most tools and apps out there are too focused on tasks and to-do lists, or are purposely only for bookmarking websites. There just isn’t something out there that helps you to organize your plans, thoughts and ideas.

Introducing Listible

Listible

    Many moons ago, we created Listible, it was quite a popular way to create lists and organize your thoughts, but unfortunately was killed by Spam. We’re re-inventing it and bringing it back to life. We want to make it easy to create any type of list you want. If you’re thinking about where to go on holiday, create a list of places you want to visit. If you want to create a list of images from the web, we’ll grab the images for you and list them out. Plan of action to arrange an event, create a lost?  A friend recommends a book to read? Add it to your book reading list.Want to reorganize the list? we’ll let you do that too. Finished something on your movies to watch list? We’ll let you archive it.

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    We’re pretty sure that this is something that will be useful for us personally and for Lifehack readers and we want to make sure that we get it right, so here’s where you can help us. We’re still developing it right now, so it’s a great time to chime in your ideas, you can do this by signing up to the beta version from this page, we’ll contact you back so you can let us know how we can make this into something you’ll love to use.

    Sign Up For Listible

     

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    Last Updated on March 31, 2020

    30 Signs You’re a Procrastinator

    30 Signs You’re a Procrastinator

    I’m a master procrastinator, a couch lover and a guy who has been nicknamed “the last minute man” (kids have batman and superman, why can’t I get a name?). Nobody can tell you more about procrastination than I.

    Below I listed 30 habits of procrastinators. If you find yourself having more than seven then a procrastinator is who you are (and that’s not flattering, you gotta do something about it asap!).

    1. You get up late

    You try to be an all-nighter and you delay your important tasks to the early AMs. Finally you end the night with a series of “energizing naps” which stop when you suddenly realize that it’s already the next afternoon and you’re not finished.

    2. Everytime is your bed time

    Like I just stated, you don’t know when to sleep or when you wake up. So you simply sleep when you want to procrastinate. You don’t have a certain time to start working which makes it hard to get anything done.

    3. You are getting addictive

    Eating, drinking or nail biting calms you down for a while when you are nervous and stressed. But you just do it to get away from the boring to do list that you have on your shoulder.

    4. When it’s too hard, you give up

    You’re in love with new beginnings, a new movie to watch, or a new piece of cake to eat. You’re just so stressed that the only way to get out of it is to give up.

    5. You no longer trust yourself

    You never keep a promise, especially to yourself. You know that promises are stronger than you and that you can’t get out of it, so you just stop making them.

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    6. You envy hard workers

    You admire how organized hard workers are. You really admire them and you want to be the same but deep inside you believe that you can’t That’s why the more you procrastinate the more you admire hard workers.

    7. Your life is in a predictable loop

    Procrastination became a rooted habit and you can predict your day before it even begins. You know what you can and what you can’t and overcoming your habits is just impossible.

    8. The Last time you hit the gym was 2 decades ago

    With a bad sleeping habit and an addictive/bad eating behavior, getting fit is just a dream.

    You’re good at setting diet plans, but you never implement them.

    9. Your friends always complain

    You’re always late for an appointment, you simply don’t get along with the idea of being on time.

    10. You are always in a hurry

    Because to be early is boring as hell. And hard too.

    11. You have a messy room/workplace

    You only clean when you have an even more boring task to do.

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    12. You are easily stressed

    Someone with a messy life must get easily stressed, especially when the idea of not being able to get things done fast become a fundamental belief.

    13. You think “meditation” is a new shampoo

    You’re so stressed that you can’t imagine life without it, relaxation is just an illusion.

    14. Planning is something you can only find in Game Of Thrones

    The number of the uncompleted plans you commit yourself to is bigger than the number of episodes of your favorite show. Planning is something that only happens in movies or in GOT.

    15. And you’re waking up when it comes to deadlines

    The inner voice only screams when you’re running out of time. You only take action when you’re threatened with a “Must do”.

    16. Because it never seems to be late

    You always have enough time. At least that’s what you keep telling yourself.

    17. And you’re one of Bill Gates’ favorites

    You’ve always find yourself in this quote:

    “I will always chose a lazy person to do a difficult job, because, he will find an easy way to do it” – Bill Gates

    18. You enjoy dreaming about the future

    When you don’t know how to motivate yourself to work, your day dreaming becomes an addiction.

    19. It always seems very easy until you do it

    You see people making it and it looks easy but when you try it it’s not. This goes from a body transformation to a business plan. You’re easily excited but never get along with the hard work.

    20. The most boring tasks become sexy

    From grabbing something from supermarket to paying your phone bills, every boring task become enjoyable except the task you procrastinate. Remember your school days.

    21. While the social media is your best friend

    The place where all the fun begins, is where you check your “seven-years-haven’t-seen” friend’s status, and the never-ending notifications from people liking your latest post. You spend more time on facebook than the time you spend to get things done.

    22. As are excuses

    You simply believe you can’t, which is the biggest excuse someone can give.

    23. Your kitchen is where you grab motivation

    You simply can get your butt off to work and you hope food can do it for you. It’s just another excuse to keep away from what scares you or what makes you feel helpless.

    24. You have no weekends

    Because you don’t know when to rest, your nights and days are the same. Weekends are when you work and midweeks is when you rest. You’re far from being organized.

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    25. Waking up from “why are you late?” phone calls happens too often

    How many times has your boss called you up for being late and you were sleeping? You know better.

    26. You become a Pepsi man

    Except for Redbull, coffee and tea.

    27. When you love full hours

    You’re in love with full hours. When it’s 7.51 you promise you’ll start at 8.00 and when it’s 8.32 you set the alarm for 9.00.

    28. You’re a “desktop games” fan

    Spider solitaire, Sodoku, bubble shooter, and Packman, all are on your phone or laptop. They’re your work buddies.

    29. If you have a single wish, it is to have more self-discipline.

    You really believe in that.

    30. You are the best at giving advice you never listen to

    You tell people what to do, because you’re a master of research for better ways to get things done, but you never tried them yourself.

    Learn how to stop procrastinating and get things done: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

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