“Listography” sounds like a to do list (and therefore boring) but not in my book. It is so much more! Several books and magazines have already proven that lists can be motivating, make you dream, capture ideas for the future and so on. It is all about being creative. Below how I use lists to remind me how fast time goes by and have more fun in life.
VISION BOARD MEETS LISTOGRAPHY
I got the idea of a vision board through the Self Help Hipster, did some research on it and even have given workshops on it. The idea is simple: think about the TYPE of PERSON you want to be/ WHAT you want to do/ would like to DO/see/SMELL or own in the next year. Then get creative. Visualize it. Make a mood board, do hand lettering, use stamps, think about it during a run or whatever helps you get things done. Then convert your ideas into a list. Some examples that I have used in the past.
SPEND A WEEKEND IN BERLIN- SEE A BLUE OCEAN (I live in the south of the Netherlands, this requires some effort), GET TOTALLY CAPTIVATED BY A GOOD BOOK- LEARN HOW TO DOODLE – DANCE MY ASS OFF AT A PARTY – GO TO AT LEAST 1 MUSIC FESTIVAL – SEE A GOOD SINGER/SONGWRITER PERFORM – INVEST IN BETTER STUFF (while buying less, but negative phrasing is a no-go)- ENJOY AN EXCELLENT WINE OR CHAMPAGNE (what can I say, mommy loves wine)- RUN 10K – CHILL OUT AT A BEACH BAR FOR AT LEAST 1 AFTERNOON (Bloemendaal?)- SEE AN AMAZING ART EXHIBITION- SEE A MOVIE AT LUMIERE (an independent film theater in Maastricht with an excellent bar)- SPEND DAY ON A BLANKET IN THE PARK DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING – GET SOMETHING FRESH TO EAT FROM A LOCAL FARMER- TAKE A LONG WALK IN THE WOODS- WEAR LOTS OF SOFT THINGS – PARIS!!! (always included in the list) – EAT A KICKASS CHOCOLATE DESERT (brownie, moelleux au chocolat, mousse etc.)
THE TOOL: WUNDERLIST APP
I use the Wunderlist app for all my to do’s including the boring chores like administration or returning an item. BUT I also include my annual vision board (converted into a list). So that is basically something like the list mentioned above and I add other as well for inspiration. They all get a kickass name that reminds me why it is important in the 1st place. Right now, I have the following active lists:
- Awesome moments in 2015
- Things I avoid no more (for the boring chores)
- Building the nest: ideas for the house
- Recipes I am going to try
- Simplifying life: one step every day
- JULY=KING (includes things to do in July)
WHAT THEY DID: INSPIRATION ON THE NET
There are several books that use lists like “My future listography” and a lot of sites that can give you inspiration. What do you think of “list of things to do when you win the lottery”, “list of famous people you would like to have a coffee with” or “list of places you could see yourself living”. Jessica Mullen has some great worksheets where she uses lists for manifesting goals like this one on daily self love. The magazine “Flow” uses listography a lot and even included a little workbook in last month’s issue. And of course Pinterest offers lots of inspiration.
What is your favourite list?