The Problem With Lists

I make a lot of lists. Some of them are mental, but if I really want to get anything done, I have to write them down. There is a lot of comfort in writing lists. You don’t have to worry about forgetting to do something or running out of something important. And there’s the satisfaction of putting a big check mark next to each item accomplished!


Look at all the check marks!

But while I’m all for writing down things to do, when it comes to things I want to draw, I’m not as happy. When I see, in black and white, the sheer amount of stuff I’d really like to work on, I get a sense of panic. Where did they all come from? And why haven’t I done any of them yet? Seriously, I’ve been around long enough that I should have made some headway by now. Or is it just that I keep coming up with more and more…and more?

But, really, it comes down to this: I don’t take my art list seriously. The lists that involve grocery shopping, yardwork, cleaning out the litter boxes—those I tackle with gusto. But the lists of things to create—well, the creative part of my brain is excited, but the day-to-day part of my brain just shrugs. Yeah, there’s plenty of time to fool around with that stuff later. When work is done.

So there’s the problem with lists. They’re great when you think what’s on them is worth doing. But if you don’t, they’re just words to ignore. And how do you convince yourself that your list is worthwhile? I wish I knew.


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