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The Psychology of making lists
7 January, 2013

When we make a list, we take our conscious wish to make a change, one step further, towards action. Not only is making a list putting a wish into words, but from this we can look at how to plan the steps we need towards making the necessary changes and can begin to plan these steps. As well as looking at how to make changes, the list is part of the process of making a commitment to ourselves and a visual reminder of the commitment. Lists serve to help record progress. If they are kept, perhaps together in a note book, they become a record of achievements which can be used to chart progress. These incremental changes enhance motivation to stick to a range of things from a healthy eating regime to major lifestyle changes. By sharing a list with others we can gain support from them to achieve our goals. The support of others can also be a great contributor to achieving our goals