As I mention time and time again, I love lists. My mind just thinks that way. I find it so much easier to get everything down onto paper if I write it out in lists.
My lists are notes written just for me. I don’t need to worry about good grammar or perfect prose. This is a conversation between my head and my pen — let’s leave everyone else out of it.
Twice a year (and a little bit in December) I participate in the 30 Days of List Journaling Challenge. This challenge comes around in March and September, and it’s aimed at getting you to spend five minutes a day journaling. Each day there’s a new list prompt and a great community of listers who love supporting one another.
Reminder: This is a Challenge
It’s not going to be a cakewalk. This is going to take a little bit of actual determination to get it done. But that’s why it’s a challenge, in the end, it will be totally worth it. And there’s no reason why you can’t make it fun as hell along the way. Here are a few of my favorite tips for keeping sane during listing season and making it a successful month. Some of these might work for you, some might not. You know the routine — you do you.
5 Tips for #30Lists Success
- Decide on an album & decorate it early. This edition I’m using a pre-fab mini-album and the rest of the 30 Days of Lists kit (available here).
- Print out the list of lists. This is a controversial one, but I prefer to have the entire list of lists in an accessible place. For me, the challenge is to complete 30 lists in 30 days, and I do best when I remove all the barriers in my way. This also assures that I’m not going to be distracted by the internet when I’m looking up the list for the day.
- Make listing a part of your routine. I’m going to aim for doing a little bit of listing each day. Whether that’s actually writing out each list each day, or working on my book in different ways (embellishing, writing out list titles, doodling on completed lists).
- Give yourself ‘catch-up’ deadlines. Not all of our days look alike, and while you might have a half-hour to work on your lists on Tuesday nights, maybe you only have 2 or 3 minutes the rest of the week. I like to reassess where I’m at each week and try to find a little time to catch up to around 1 list per day.
- Enjoy the community. Post to Instagram, post to Facebook, post to Twitter — just don’t spoil any of the future lists. Share in the community. Even if you don’t have time to post and share your own lists, check out and leave some love for the other challenge participants.
Click here to learn more about the 30 Days of Lists Challenge