It’s no secret that people love lists. They’re organised, require minimal effort to read, and can make complicated information easy to digest.
Lists appeal to our innate tendency to categorise information, as well as help us feel less stressed, according to The New Yorker. Seeing information as a list makes you feel less overwhelmed by a task so it’s easier to complete, which in turn makes you happier, Maria Konnikova writes.
Here are 24 list ideas to get you started.
Are there any other lists we’re forgetting? Let us know in the comments.
Pull this out the next time you're stuck on what to make for dinner for instant inspiration.
You'll never have to sit through the 'I don't care, what to do you want to watch?' scenario again.
Next time you're reaching for another predictable beach read, look up that acclaimed novel-of-the-year, Oprah-recommended one instead.
You'll be prepared for when you binge-watch your way through the newest season of 'Scandal' and need a new addiction now.
Keep a running list of all the places you want to try and you'll never be left without a suggestion when deciding where to eat tonight. Bonus points if you organise it by type of cuisine.
Maybe you've always wanted to visit the Great Wall of China, or even just the Statue of Liberty. Once you have a list, you'll be motivated to plan a trip.
Perhaps there's not a specific landmark you're dying to see, but you've always wanted to eat pasta in Italy or drink wine in France. Your list will remind of which trips you really need to take.
It's not as exciting as jet-setting across the globe, but you'll have plenty of things to do instead of vegging out on your couch next Saturday.
Keep track of everything that's on your plate for the day. Plus, nothing feels better than crossing something off.
Everything you want to do before you die, from big things such as getting married or climbing Mt. Everest, down to small things such as baking the perfect chocolate chip cookie
Pinterest might be a great aspirational site, but this will help you keep track of the projects you actually want to complete, like organising your old photos or painting the furniture in the guest room.
Writing down everything that needs to be done will allow you to prioritise what you should tackle first.
We've all gone into Target for toothpaste and come out with $US100 worth of items before. Keep a running list of the things you need, so you can avoid the inevitable $US20 drug store 'cover charge.'
Whether it's a necessity, like a new winter coat, or something fun, like trendy sneakers, having an idea of which items you're hunting for before you go shopping will help you avoid impulse buys, ultimately saving you money.
Everyone loves when you remember their birthday or anniversary, so keep a list of your loved ones' significant dates and you'll never miss a chance to make their day.
If you're even the slightest bit forgetful, writing down when you need to return that shirt by or when those frozen chicken breasts expire can save you stress in the long run.
Revisit this on your toughest days to remind yourself how great your life is.
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