Saturday, November 10, 2007
Save the To-Do List!
To coincide with the release of To-Do List, I have decided to inaugurate a new campaign: SAVE THE TO-DO LIST! Yes, I am worried that the the to-do list may become an endangered species. Many of us write to-do lists, many of us even write them every day. But every day, a new person starts to write lists in Outlook, on a cell phone, a web-based to-do list program. Not that I am opposed to these devices (I sometimes use them!) but I believe that handwritten lists are the holy grail of listmaking and we can't let the handwritten list slip away!
Some people want to save the whales, I want to save the to-do list.
Save the To-Do List will kick off with New Year’s Day, our national holiday in celebration of listmaking. Whether we’re writing resolutions or top ten lists, New Year’s is when we’re most obsessed with lists, and we can enjoy the special powers and pleasure of taking pen to paper.
To participate in Save the To-Do List Campaign, please send your handwritten lists (especially New Year’s Resolutions) to todolistblog AT gmail.com]. During January, five handwritten New Year's Resolutions will be featured every week.
Why save the handwritten list? Here’s a list of five reasons why we shouldn’t stop making paper lists (regrettably typed):
1. Taking pen to paper just feels good.
2. Crossing off tasks--highly satisfying.
3. Electronic lists look generic, handwritten lists are unique to us.
(And are therefore more effective at getting us to get things done.)
4. The act of writing is meditative. It focuses us to clear our heads and commit to our goals.
Please add your own reasons in the comments.
Here's one of mine (completely cryptic, I know).