By PLA Alumni Emily
To all the people that mock me about making lists – “list”-en up! The joke may be on you.
Yes, I have a separate notebook for work, personal matters, school, and a day timer in my bag, all with different lists of what needs to be done in each realm of my life. And yes, I hear the snickers of laughter and see the questioning looks as I ruffle through these journals in my Mary Poppins bag.
But, here’s my logic: our brains were not designed to remember lots of stuff.
Although they can brainstorm, synthesize, analyze, criticize, and persuade as well as complete many more functions, brains can typically remember only 7 – 10 items. Considering that my average lists of things to do, food to buy, and books to read each have at least 15 items on them, I’m pushing my cranial capabilities by relying on my brain to remember absolutely everything. And considering everything else it can do, let’s help the brain out by using a pen and paper.
Trust me – write it down and know that you’re smarter for it. Literally! In the process, you’ll have lots more brain power for all the more important things you cannot keep on a list.