Let me warn you now. This post will be lengthy and probably rambly at times so if you don't like long posts, stop reading. If you want to know about my strange love for lists and routines and why they are awesome, continue reading.
I'm trying to think how one goes about talking about lists. I guess the first thing is why they are so awesome. They are a reminder of things you need, or of things you need to do. It makes packing and food shopping so much easier. It keeps homework on track and reminds you of what work still needs to be done.
Routines are just another list that you happen to do routinely.
I don't think I realized how much I love lists and routines and how much I rely on them (either constantly making mental lists, or actually writing/typing them) until 10th grade. 10th grade apparently was a big year for me as I also learned my favorite studying technique that year, which lead to my love of routines, which made me realize I love lists. It all makes sense now.
Nora Roberts always has that one character in her series that is just like me. That super organized, list loving character who is always on the ball. (Well, I aspire to be always on the ball but sometimes I fall off). I liked the phrase she used to describe them, "a creature of habit".
I'm super into astrology (I know it's not real but some of the posts and horoscopes and whatnot are scary accurate most of the time). Being true to scorpio nature, I get obsessive over things. Mix that with my very math brain and you get a girl who lives off of her lists and routines.
Basically every aspect of my life is in a list. Schedules, homework, videos to watch, the order of how I go through social media, when to wear something, what to eat, what I'd like to get, what books I want to read, how I listen to music. Before the list gets embarrassingly long, I think you get the gist.
For me, making something a habit (or obsession, if that even is the right word to call it) means that I need to make a routine out of it. I always can adjust the routine but the routine still somehow always stays in place, I just can't help it.
Is anyone else like me? What things do you like to make lists of?