Way back when I still lived in Portland, I remember my wry, eye-rolling amusement at my sister-in-law for her lists. She lived her life by lists and her day-runner (Blackberries and iPads and other such high-tech organizational helps not having been invented yet); grocery, errands, church activities, school activities...etc. You name it, she had a list for it.
At that time I lived such a simple life I thought it was all hilarious.
Times have changed.
Not that I don't live a simple life now, and I am still terribly disorganized.
But I find that a running list helps me to get things done. Hubby always has a running list of things to do.
We, hubby and I, are alike in that we use no high-tech gadgets for our list keeping. Not even a day-runner. We specialize in random slips of paper; stuffed in pockets, lying around on tables, counters or chairs.
It certainly helps me focus my activites to get things accomplished; even the simplest weekly house chores. I write them down and then cross them off when I have finished. At the end of the day or week I have a better sense of accomplishment.
Someday Ellen will probably be rolling her eyes at me, but that's all good. I bet anything she will start making lists by time she is in middle school.