Lists – some people live by them, others scorn them. Chances are if you have picked up this journal, you are in the first camp. But do your lists begin and end with the day’s tasks, all to be ticked off before your head hits the pillow in the evening? It’s natural to be focused on the everyday realities of life, but sometimes it can be valuable to stop, take time out and remember the people and places you’ve loved, the activities in which you can escape and the adventures you would like to go on – these personal reflections and aspirations can form new lists to guide you to a more creative, more mindful and more fulfilling future.
This list journal is divided into five sections – Escape, Living, Mindfulness, Creativity and Wellbeing – each of which provides you with the opportunity to explore the past, present and future. It can be opened at any page of any section and used as a done-that as well as a would-like-to-do guide to help you achieve your goals and live your dreams. There are also pages for you to create your own lists, ask questions and jot down ideas while extra room has been left for you to describe the music, literature, events and people who have made up the significant chapters in your life.
BE CREATIVE. Personalise your lists. Add photos of family, friends and favourite places, stick in cinema, theatre and exhibition tickets, and draw pictures of your dream house, favourite flower or much-loved pet.
BE INTERESTED. Use the sidebars to scribble the names of colleges or community centres where you can try a new craft, websites that will help you plan your next museum trip or names of people who could put you in touch with a long- lost friend.
BE MINDFUL. As you reflect and record your feelings, ambitions and hopes, be proud of how far you have come – every achievement, no matter how big or small, is significant – and excited about how far you could go. Relax and enjoy the process. It is your life, they are your lists – and you can add, change and tick them off in your own space and in your own time.
Relax and enjoy the process. It is your life, they are your lists – and you can add, change and tick them off in your own space and in your own time.