I love sticky notes and lists. Sticky notes and lists help me to not forget – if there’s more than 3 things on that grocery list I can guarantee I’ll forget. I could be frustrated by this fact, however I just chalk it up to who I am and make the darned list. I’m always going in a million directions at once and it’s just not worth it to stress about something so, well, fixable.
They also keep me accountable. I know I need to do something or get something if it’s written down. It’s more concrete. Not to mention I get an amazing feeling of accomplishment by crossing things off my list. Yes, I’m the person that, if I do something not on the list I write it down just so I can cross it out. I like to see my progress. How much I’ve completed. Since I’m compulsively organized making lists and having sticky notes meets a sometimes overwhelming desire to have control over something in my life. It just feels good.
So it’s odd in running, I don’t have much in the way of lists. I take that back. I have a list of blog ideas. I have a wish list of running items I’d like. I have a list of outfit ideas. Web sites to go to. I carry a leather bound book with me everywhere to take notes in just for these reasons. To most people it would probably look like a messy, disorganized bunch of nonsense, but to me it’s invaluable information that’s all in the right spot. I print off races I’d like to do and put them in chronological order attached to my fridge. I look at it often trying to figure out what the kids plans are that weekend, if I can afford the race and travel, etc… Some I do, lots I can’t but they’re good goals. I keep myself at a 12 mile long run every week so I’m race ready at any given moment for a half marathon. I also have a calendar on the fridge with all school activities, appointments, etc… and I do sharpie in my mileage on the day I do it. I’ve never had mileage goals though. I read so many other bloggers talk about weekly, monthly and annual mileage goals and I’ve never had a desire. I run 4 times a week with one longer one in there but I don’t add up my weekly mileage. Even though I think it’s a great idea I just haven’t gotten past the idea phase. How is it possible I’ve missed an opportunity to make a list??!!! The sticky note possibilities are endless!!! More goals?? More crossing off accomplishments?? An artificial semblance of control?? Huh… I might need to get a new set of notepads for just this reason….