The freelancer’s best friend: the list

I got back from my glorious holiday with my family on Saturday and after having unpacked my bags, I started to think about the various things that I had put on hold for after I had gotten back from holiday. I must admit that after a few minutes my cerebral cortex was aching ever so slightly as I was trying to keep everything that I had to remember in my brain. And as all my duties range from the minutiae of life to the more complex, I was having trouble finding a logical manner in which I could categorise the items on my to-do list so I could commit them to memory. So… I had no choice. I had to resort to the age-old tool of prioritisation that so many freelance professionals have used over the years to keep their lives in order. I had to make a list…

I once read, in an article in a well-known South African business magazine, that one way to improve your memory retention is not to make out a shopping list but to commit the items you need to memory – and venture into the shops that way. I suppose that if you go through the aisles of the shop in a systematic way, this will jog your memory about what you need to buy.

Unfortunately, I have tried this method once or twice – but have always ended up up either forgetting one or two items or alternatively buying things that  I didn’t need. However, when I go shopping with a list, I remember everything I need.

Moral of the story? Do what works for you – be it with regards to shopping,  prioritisng or anything else.