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Old 09-25-10, 06:28 AM   #1
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Lists - sign of an anal-retentive personality, or simply an organized person?

I'm not sure if it's a spill-over effect from my job, however I'm finding myself using more and more lists at home. Before leaving on a trip I usually do up a list in Excel for all the items we need to bring. The other day I went on a Geocache hike and did up a list. Going to the hardware store for more than 4 items I'll do up a list.

Are there any other list users on Foo? Why do you use them? Do you pretty them up with pictures
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I do not do lists. Except for cycling events requiring travel because there are a bunch of small things that you really need. No one would describe me as anal retentive or organized. That's why I need the list. Otherwise I'd forget something critical for certain.

When I'm on business travel, I always forget something -- it varies, but it could be deodorant, underwear, a shirt to change into, my presentation, etc. But that's not as bad as messing up a bike ride.
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Just organized. I use them so I don't forget anything. For years I've had an Excel sheet with columns for the activity (camping, paddling, cycle-touring supported and non, etc). It makes for faster packing.

Do you eat M&Ms in color order too?
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anal-retentive personality

I'm joking. I never do lists. I remember what's important but occassionally forget a few things.
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Just organized. I use them so I don't forget anything. For years I've had an Excel sheet with columns for the activity (camping, paddling, cycle-touring supported and non, etc). It makes for faster packing.

Do you eat M&Ms in color order too?
I eat the red ones last.
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do you make yourself wait a long time between BM's?
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My name's Connell and I'm a list maker.

(This is where you all call out "Hi Connell")

I find that if I have a ton of work to do, it gets overwhelming. However, writing the tasks down in a list format makes it much more manageable. "OK, I have 18 things to do, but only 8 of them 'have' to be done today and these 3 need to be done first." I can then check things off as I complete them and add new items as they come up, so the list never really gets completed, but I find it makes prioritization much easier.

As for packing for a trip, I find a list shortens the time it takes. And that's always good.
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I eat the red ones last.
There's another way?
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There is only so much space up there, so why bother filling it with useless crap!
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Old 09-25-10, 08:42 AM   #14
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LOL. Ex-boyfriend. Mensa. He focused on certain things for a certain amount of time and then deleted them from his system (or not - he has a house full of his collections). For a couple years he was on ebay and collected DVD's - I mean thousands of them, collections. Went from there to Football cards - he lined a bedroom in his house with shelves of whole collections of cards - sold some, then lost interest. Guess he's total WoW at the moment. Likes things in a particular way, does lists - lots of lists - then loses interest in the lists as well to move on to another item ...

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I use a shopping list and notepad.

most times the notepad is there for when I realize I need something specific or if I need something for later, but would probably forget about it because it's a long shopping list.

Try shopping with a level head after riding there on your bike. very likely to forget at least one or two things.
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I love lists. I am anal retentive, cheap, detail oriented, and most of all very forgetful.
I do try to not get carried away making lists for everything.
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I love lists. I am anal retentive, cheap, detail oriented, and most of all very forgetful.
I do try to not get carried away making lists for everything.
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< makes mental note: should we evar meet up with D & L - we (Tude & Couch) pull the wool over DJ's eyes and say we're driving to a month-before-planned-upon-restaurant meeting place (from THE LIST) and then do a Vin Diesel move ... or two plus ... and take a wild left and zoom to some totally funky restaurant NOT on THE LIST. hehe >
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lol

The riding out here is wonderful in late spring to mid fall. You both must come out someday.
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Don't worry, you're probably not getting anal-retentive. It's more likely early Alzheimer's Disease.
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My name's Connell and I'm a list maker.

(This is where you all call out "Hi Connell")

I find that if I have a ton of work to do, it gets overwhelming. However, writing the tasks down in a list format makes it much more manageable. "OK, I have 18 things to do, but only 8 of them 'have' to be done today and these 3 need to be done first." I can then check things off as I complete them and add new items as they come up, so the list never really gets completed, but I find it makes prioritization much easier.

As for packing for a trip, I find a list shortens the time it takes. And that's always good.
Yes.

I work much better with lists, but have to remember to make them. Making lists actually helped me get a promotion this year, so that was kind of cool.
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My wife is the planner and list-junkie.

I find it funny how bent out of shape she gets when things don't go according to plan (almost never) and how upset she gets with my roll-with-the-punches style of dealing with life's foibles. Guess which one of us finds creative solutions more naturally?
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#1 on my list is to make a list.
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The riding out here is wonderful in late spring to mid fall. You both must come out someday.
Vin ... err ... Tude agrees, Couch and Tude shall make it out there one day - and do make a list - we shall not abide by it

"hmmmm, hey Couchy - DJ has marked down Italian restaurant for that Saturday, whaddya think?"

" We hit hot dog stand and some sort of festival that serves cotton candy and corrrrn dogs!!!!"

MWAHAHAHA!

We all shall meet someday (if ya want too, hehe)
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Santa makes a list. And checks it twice! What does that say about him?
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I refuse to plan vacations. It bugs my mother immensely. lol
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