Why do we love lists?

List lovingIf you’re a blogger, or even if you’ve ever just browsed the online media, you will be well aware that one of the most popular formats for a post/news-related story is the ubiquitous list.

I am sticking this very post on to one of my own favourite linkies from the parenting/lifestyle niche – aptly entitled ‘The List’ – so I’m sure a few readers may also be fascinated by this phenomenon!

Personally I like making lists as I’m sure do many people – a to-do list provides a written reference to a set of (hopefully!) attainable goals and gives you some accountability and structure in how you organise your time.

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Time Management for Manic Mums (by Allison Mitchell): A review

time management for manic mums

So recently I thought – enough is enough, I’ve been trying to fit things in to my life which it just hasn’t felt like I have the time for, and yet every day I read other people’s blogs and wonder how on earth they manage to do so much, be so creative and juggle so many demands. OK, OK, of course I realise that people portray themselves with a little spin every now and again and we don’t always know the full story of where they find their little oasis of ‘me time’ (with small children – is it having the luxury of paid childcare without having to work too, or is it just children of a certain ‘manageable’ disposition? Is there such a thing?)…

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Woolly Head…

woolly head

Lately I have had a lot of thoughts going through my mind to the point that I decided to write myself a To Do list. Here is the list:

  1. Fill out passport applications for me and EJ (mine being a ten year renewal). (This with the thought in mind that we might actually be able to book a holiday in October, finances allowing).
  2. Buy a new, up to date smartphone which will actually allow me to take Instagram and good quality photographs. (Do this through Vodafone to qualify for 20% staff discount on monthly charges).
  3. Find out whether I’m locked into mobile contract with Virgin and what I would have to do/pay to get out.
  4. After buying new phone apply for staff discount within allocated time period.
  5. Book a party venue for JJ’s birthday (which is only five weeks away :-/)
  6. Book a bouncy castle/entertainer for party.
  7. Buy party necessities
  8. Buy JJ’s birthday presents.
  9. Book an appointment for EJ to have his 12/13 month innoculations.
  10. Ignore entire list and proceed to become increasingly stressed about everything…

These are all the things I should be doing (minus that last one!) whilst I am actually: reading other people’s blog posts; searching for blogging inspiration; attempting to boost my readership by signing up for as many linkies and networks and communities as I can possibly think of; wondering how the hell someone with six children can post consistently funny entries on a regular basis.

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