Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Step Thirty Four: Little Book of Lists

Dearest Sylwi,

Hello! I'm here. A little late, but I made it, finally! :-) I wasn't totally sure I would today! It's been a long day... but, I finished my post and I have created something that will definitely help me with future "long days" :-)

I've recently started writing 'to do' lists. I used to do this a few years ago, but in the last few months, rather than write them out, I've been carrying the lists around in my head.

Before, I often found important things carrying over to the next day. Now, I not only write them out, but also highlight the three most important things on the list. Remarkably, I find, they always get done. I think it's because three is a really achievable number and rather than becoming overwhelmed with a list of 15 things, I focus on what's important.

I also want to begin writing lists of other things... like, 'things I have changed recently', 'things I want to do', 'places I want to visit', 'new things I want to try', etc...

I find it's a real relief to get the lists out of my head and onto paper. It clears my mind and makes more space for creative thinking - everything seems much less stressful!

Till today, I've been jotting my lists down on scraps of paper in amongst random doodles and ideas, so I figured it was time they had their own dedicated book.

I 'carved' the "Little Book of Lists" title out of the cover of a moleskine journal. If you press the knife gently into the oilcloth cover, it only cuts the top layer, which you can then peel off, to reveal the cardboard underneath.

The decorative border, I found in a great little book on letterpress printing, called The Handy Book of Artistic Printing by Doug Clouse and Angela Voulangas.

I had meant to cut the border too, but it was so fiddly and I'd sort of run out of patience whilst cutting the font, so I decided to draw it on instead. ha! :-) I only had a white watercolour pencil, so no doubt it will rub off! I wish I had some kind of thin, white, paint pen... I don't even know if they exist, but it would have been the perfect tool for the job!

Being a complete and utter geek, I now can't wait for tomorrow to use it! What will number one on my first list in my new book be? ...

1. Make a list! ;-)
2. ...
3. ...


1 comment:

  1. I've always been a list maker and yet I never had a book like this gorgeous one. You should open an etsy shop and sell them! I'd be your first customer. Love this!