And everyone relates to them differently.
Some people are list people. Lists work for them. They’re tools that make sure all the i’s get dotted and the t’s get crossed, the phone calls get returned, the dry cleaning is picked up and the right work gets done at the right time.
Some people are list slaves. Their lists are a mile and a half long on a good day. And they easily fall into the pattern of identifying themselves (and their worth) with what did or didn’t get done that day. (Tip: if the list is so long that no one’s ever going to cram it all in to one day– or one week– this is not helping you.)
Some people fear lists, or they just plain hate them. Maybe this works for them. Maybe they’re hopelessly disorganized and dropping important balls. Maybe both, depending on the week.
Some people, like the client who asked for help with this topic last week, have bought into the idea (and an idea is all that it is) that she should be accomplishing a big fat list of tasks every single day. Some of which are not tasks at all, but full-blown projects with 16 steps.