Tuesday, March 06, 2012

'Tis a funny thing

I like lists. I like being able to tick things off a list. It clears the mind of things you don't have to remember anymore. Even before I have reached the mid age mid fifty point, I wish I could clear my memory of useless stuff to make room to remember other stuff. As Tony said, he can't remember his wife's phone number, and nor do I know anyone's phone number now. They are all programmed into the phones. At least I do know R's phone number.

But I can remember old phone numbers from years ago with ease. I want to be rid of them and make more memory space. Seems it is not how our brains work.

I like to write things down so that I remember them. So, I write reminder lists to do this, or even for blog posts, I write a few reminder words and expand the post later. But the funny thing is that once I have written things down, they tend to commit to memory and I no longer really need a list.

Are you a list person?

23 comments:

  1. Consul Reg: HKK 069
    Uncle's Shop: WA 3568
    My Phone Number? let me see, it's the prefix of my original mobile provider plus my old land line number without the STD code.

    A shopping list is essential. Unfortunately, there is never a list reminding one to take the shopping list shopping.

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  2. I'm a list person, mostly shopping lists. I have an A4 laminated "master shopping list" with everything I would ever need to buy and I place an x next to whatever I've run out of or opened the last packet of. Then when shopping I copy the x-ed items onto a list to take to the shop. I have "to-do" lists, and now I've started writing lists of what I have posted for things like the Sunday Selections posts I do, so that I don't accidentally post the same photos. I have started lists detailing which photos are in what folder on my computer, but there's so many folders and the lists are hopelessly confusing, I'll have to start over on those....

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  3. Love a list - would be lost and/or dead without several on the go - my desk always has a few recycled pieces of paper with lists on them that I even enjoy putting a line through in biro when they're completed. My paper diary (one that fits into my handbag) often has dot point lists too - 'call Mum' etc

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  4. Anonymous8:53 pm

    I'm not a list person but I am a 'write important stuff down' person cause my mind's a sieve these days...V.

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  5. FruitCake, a Consul, how cool. I am sure you are not really old enough to have letter phone numbers in your memory. R and I cross question each other constantly on Saturday mornings. Have you got the list? Have you got the shopping money? It is quite some time since we have forgotten the shopping list, but have in the past.

    River, I like your list. We started something like your personal list years ago. We have adapted it now to a white board. Internet, works, equals making a list. I do write my own. You need to make sure that those things are backed up so that they will always be there.

    Kath, is there a dot point in your list to 'answer Andrew's post'? Paper diary. How interesting.

    V, it helps hey. I s'pose you wouldn't forget your tofu.

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  6. I don't normally make lists unless I hit a period where I feel a bit overwhelmed by everything that I have to achieve, then just about the only way I can stay sane IS to make a list and start crossing things off, but I NEVER remember phone numbers!!

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  7. I really should make lists, not only for memory purposes but to be better organised.

    FL1260, my home phone number 55 years and about 10 residences ago. (I was aged 7).

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  8. Oh, I don't ever remember them even when I do write them down. I used to carry a small Moleskine all the time, but now I have discovered Field Notes, the small brown memo book that you can fit in your pocket. I love it!
    And yes, it also works for me.

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  9. Grace, same here. When you feel overwhelmed, write it all down then start crossing it off.

    Victor, it is funny how we have gone the full circle and now are using letters in phone numbers again.

    Rubye, I should carry a notebook. I do use my phone for notes at times, but it takes time.

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  10. Yep, that's me a list person they keep me sane so i can filter out all the other rubbish in my bizarre brain :-).

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  11. yes a list person here. told years ago that this -
    1. get up
    2. bathroom
    3. kettle
    4. laptop ...rain radar, news, email.
    - type of list indicates nervous breakdown. hmmmm.


    Thanks to Phill at veniVidiBlogi I know about Listopia where time can be frittered away. One of their Lists is of songs with Lists in.

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  12. Windsmoke, a list does clear your head a bit.

    Em Stacks, my morning list is much the same. I will try and avoid looking at Listopia as I know what I am like.

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  13. Oh and Em Stacks, you left one thing out after logging on to laptop. Choose identity.

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  14. I LOOOOVE making lists. I even have an app on my phone, which i regularly forget about then rediscover the lists of things I have made!

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  15. An app for lists Fen? You simply must tell what it is.

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  16. Andrew - iPods and iPads all have a Reminders app which effectively is a Lists app.

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  17. I expect Android does too Victor, but one more thing to learn? I note things as a text message and send them to myself.

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  18. I never used to need to keep lists - what Don didn't remind me of I seemed to remember...I try to memorise close phone numbers but today there is so much to remember as the world seems to becoming more complicated and bogged down with detail - detail which achieves nothing except to have us all on hold with the electricity or phone company, or some other body where you wait at least 10 mins before they even acknowledge your presence

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  19. MC, what are we putting our brains through with all the pins, passwords etc etc we now have to remember. Why when you call Telstra do you have to enter your phone number on the keypad but then when someone answers, you have to tell them your phone number?

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  20. My biggest list is all my passwords - but they're in code in case of theft. There's a separate list to decipher the code. It's all too hard - I often end up just 'forgetting' the password and getting it re-set!! How efficient is that??!!

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  21. You are not alone Red. After many years I have finally had to resort to having a list of passwords etc.

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  22. LOL I just realised I have 2 apps. That's how good I am at remembering.
    One is called List It and one is called To Do List. I seem to use the latter more often.

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  23. I'll try them Fen.

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