Pens color-coded to your anxiety levels? You may be a perfectionist
Self-help magazines love to offer helpful tips on organization. And they all offer the same top tip. MAKE A LIST. But what these magazines neglect to mention is you have to be organized in the first place. It's a whole big thing.
Buy a journal to keep your lists. Something attractive so you can GET IN THE MOOD.
In my case, the brown paper wrapper the magazine came in.
Buy really expensive pens so your thoughts flow seamlessly on the page.
I tried that but with the cost of refilling those Mont Blanc's, I could pay someone in India to write lists for me.
Find time over coffee to write the day's list and don't move on to the next item until the previous one is complete.
This I can do. My list only has one item. Make. A. List.
Seems there are lists appropriate to every occasion, including lists about how to write lists efficiently.
And lists are like crack for perfectionists.
Perfectionists are the ultimate list-makers. When you run into one, it can be a bit scary.
I'm not talking about your average list-maker...the one who jots down a grocery list. Because, hey, we all gotta eat and after a week of pickle and artichokes on stale rye with milk so curdled you can stand a spoon in it, someone has to break down, get out of their jammies and schlep to the Piggly Wiggly.
You know who I'm talking about. The super-elite perfectionists.
They insist you rearrange your linen closet so that the sheets get rotated and the towels stacked according to color, size, and absorbency...even if YOU ARE A COMPLETE STRANGER but they overheard you in the grocery store (picking up more pickles) telling the cashier you don't iron your sheets and you stuff clean ones into the pillow case and then forget where they are when it comes times to change the sheets.
Super-elite perfectionists have pens color-coded to their anxiety levels.
If you ever see a list covered in red ink, run and duck for cover because blood is going to flow and you don't what it to be yours just because you got curious about item number 237 and who makes a list about personal hygiene suggestions for their son's gym teacher anyway?
It's not that super-elite perfectionists don't know they have issues. They know.
They know because they made a list. And it's cross-referenced with the list of self-help tips they want to discuss with their therapist. This list is written in blue ink because they want to come across as calm, rational people when really, they are dying to break out the red pen and do a re-write. Which makes them happy because it's another item to add to THEIR ORIGINAL LIST of issues.
And this brings me to the realization that maybe I'm wrong and they are happy because they make lists. Maybe we could compare notes. I suggest we write them in invisible ink. You never know when a super-elite perfectionist is lurking, waiting to offer you a red pen.
What do you think? Is a list ever just a list?