List Your Self! Do Lists Help?

Does anyone have this book “List Your Self: Listmaking as the Way to Self-Discovery”?  or any similar books?  Do you find that answering questions in random list form helps you?  I write lists in my journal all the time; places I want to visit, places I already have visited, movies I want to see, books I’ve read, books I want to read, places I’d like to move, jobs that sound fun. When I was younger I would write lists of baby names, now that my oldest is about to enter college I find myself writing lists of colleges, majors I think would be fun for her, I bought a book full of lists of things she should do for each grade in High School to prepare for College. 

I have always liked self-tests, quizzes, journaling. But this idea of making lists of random things for self-discovery, I’m not so sure of. When I make the above lists, they don’t just sit there – I scour the internet for more information, add books to my reading list, add movies to my Netflix list, request information from travel agencies, colleges, etc.  What am I supposed to do with a list such as “List the Ways the Full Moon Affects Your Behavior” or “List the Names of All your Past Bosses.” The first one, I don’t believe the Full Moon affects my behavior at all – so that will stay blank. The second one, I don’t remember any of my boss’s names prior to the job I have now and the one I had prior – so I guess that would be a good exercise in trying to dig into my memory?

Some lists I’ll never fill in because they are not applicable to my life. Some I would like to fill-in, and it is rather depressing that I can’t. “List all the things that always make you laugh.”  My kids. That’s it, that is all I can think of!  “List What Consistently Worries you Each Day” Well – that one is easy and most of it revolves around money or how I am raising my kids!  “List Your Sunday Rituals” I don’t have rituals. But then there are the ones that maybe I should sit down with, ponder, and really put some effort into such as “List all the actvities you’d do if you weren’t so afraid” or “List all the Qualities you love about being human.”  “List all the things you just don’t want to think about.” Well, if I don’t want to think about them, don’t I have to think about them to list them and maybe I just don’t wanna?!  There is a whole section devoted to things such as your higher power, prayer, soul, spirit, miracles, blah, blah, blah that I’ll maybe use as scratch paper for more important “Greater Truths.”  Oh – and my favorite – “List all the things you can prove are true.”  You really think this one piece of paper is big enough to list every provable fact in the world?????

 

So – have at it! What are your experiences with this book in particular or with lists in General?

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