The Benefits of Lists

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For the organizationally inclined, making lists can keep the clutter out of your mind and on to the paper where they can be easily referenced. Plus, illustrating your to-do’s and desires make them that much more real, allowing you to devote your time to them.

If you’re having trouble with priorities, especially those of the financial persuasion, lists can assist you in keeping your responsibilities in check. Numbered lists put a numerical, easily recognized method to deciding what bills are the most important to have paid first. For instance, mortgages, car payments and insurance premiums will reign in the top three spaces while cable bills laden with extra movie channel packets will normally slink to the bottom rungs of importance. The list should correspond nicely with monthly budgets, too.

Having your priorities laid out in list form will help ease the stress burden on your shoulders. When you know what you have to do and what to do to get there, making excuses will be harder and you’ll be holding yourself more accountable for your responsibilities. Having a tangible item to help you guide through the intangible goals will ultimately guide you to achieving more short term goals, such as weight loss or quitting smoking. You’ll soon notice you’ll be a more successful individual.

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