When was the last time you wrote something down on your to-do list, and the item just magically happened soon after, without even any effort on your part? Now that is the magic of a list. I just that kind of magical to-do experience and I must share it.
I was locking the door on my apartment when I realized that there is an urgent to-do item that I keep forgetting. I whipped out my phone to log it: "find credit card or get new one." Since Sunday my preferred credit card has been MIA. I felt more calm having written down "find card" in my list app, though, knowing that I had set a deadline: if I didn't find the card by the end of the week I would cancel it. (I have already verified no one is using the card. There have been no extravagant shoe-shopping trips or tickets booked to London.)
Before I got in my car, I decided to take a look underneath the driver's seat for my special gluten-free lip gloss. The lip gloss dropped while I was driving two days ago, and pang went my heart: as a celiac, it's no simple matter finding safe lip gloss and I wanted to find it. What do I find, lo and behold, as I peered under the bucket seat of Martha, my car? The credit card! That problem is solved, and I can already cross it off, just two minutes after logging the item. All I had to do was write "find credit card" and the card boomeranged back into my life. How can I not believe in the magic of writing down an item on my list? I even found the lip gloss too, in the back seat. Double joy.
What about you? Has this every happened for you . . . you wrote something down on a list, and then it just happened with little effort on your part?