List (noun): “A series of names or other items written or printed together in a meaningful grouping or sequence so as to constitute a record” (Dictionary.com)
I love lists. I love writing lists and crossing items off lists, and I love reading lists that other people write. I love grocery lists, goal lists, Bucket lists, To-Do lists, idea lists and top [insert any number here] lists. There’s something so satisfying about organizing your thoughts in a list and then checking (or even better, crossing) things off as you complete them. And who doesn’t love easy-to-read top 10 lists?
In honour of my love of lists, I’ve compiled a list of things about lists:
1. Websites dedicated to lists
If you are a lover of top 10 lists (or top any number lists), check out Listverse.com for a collection of lists about everything from the Top 10 Best Novels of the Last 20 Years to 20 Famous Last Words. Another site of lists to worth taking a look at is: Toptenz.net.
2. Tools for making lists
I often make my lists in a notebook that I carry in my bag, or in the MemoPad app on my Blackberry, but lately I’ve been playing around with a tool called Evernote. Evernote’s tagline is: “Remember Everything”, and it certainly seems that their online info consolidating tool can help. With Evernote you can store pictures, URLs, music and (of course) good ‘ole lists in an online repository that can be accessed from pretty much anywhere (multiple computers, mobile devices, tablets, etc.). Although I really like Evernote, it’s not the only list-making tool out there. Mashable has compiled a list of tools for managing all different kinds of lists here, and iTunes even offers a list tool, ListPro.
3. Ideas for lists
I came across this blog post from Life Hack that gives 9 lists that you should always keep updated, from your grocery list to your bucket list. Another 9 excuses for making lists!
4. Why do we love lists so?
Here’s an article from NPR about why we love lists: 10 Reasons Why we Love Lists.
5. Lists of writing tips
Since any self respecting list has at least 5 items on it and I’ve run out of ideas, I’ll end with a short sub-list of lists of writing tips:
b) Jonathan Franzens (somewhat harsh but infinitely useful) Ten Rules of Writing from the “101 Books” blog and;