We all make lists almost everyday : to do lists, grocery list, people we need to call lists. They are tools, they rarely last for long. Since I’ve lanched the Great Book of list event a couple days again, based mainly on emotional and inspirational lists, I won’t deal with to do’s ins this article because they are so specific, they call for an entire category. Let’s talk about long lasting lists with a great value
They require attention and call for a different approach than the brain dump.
1/ Title, date, place
These elements help to give perspective to the information lists contain. they and might motivate you to update it. A kid luggage checklist changes every 6 months, especially in the early years.
If the list is meant to appear on your blog, you might want to add a tag.
2/ A precise theme
The more precise it is, the greater value it gives to the list.
Let’s keep the luggage check list example. Luggage check lists vary depending on whose luggage it concerns and where this person is heading to. A general luggage checklist won’t really have a great value if used by everybody in the household.
The same goes for emotional lists. For example, classmates list; it just gives one type or information. »Favorite classmates list » provides more information.
3/ A minimum of 5 entries
It’s a personal point of view, there’s no golden rule saying you must write at least 5 items in a list but 5 is a good number to reach for.
First, because it will provide you a good amount of information, ready for you to use or reflect upon later. Second, because by the time you’ll hit your fifth item, more ideas are likely to pop up in your mind.
4/ With a personal spin
List prompts are everywhere. If they do not inspire you, maybe you can give the prompt a little twist that’ll ignite your creativity.
For example, let’s take a Favorite movies list. Too vague or maybe too long to write ? You can turn it into Favorite cross over movies (where all the MCU movies could find a spot 😉 ). Or maybe Favorite movies shot in New Zealand by someone else than Peter Jackson.
The list is yours, it’s more important to enjoy doing it than to stick to the letter of the prompt.