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Apr 22, 2019

As part of National Stationery Week we are expressing our love of lists. There’s literally a list for every single thing but we’ve got a few that we think will change your life.

If you often find yourself wondering, what lists should I make? – we are here to be your handy lists generator.

Getting things out of your brain and into ordered lists can really help with working through confusions and helping you feel more in control of your life. Splitting the hundreds of things buzzing around in your brain into digestible chunks will help you feel more organised and less anxious about forgetting things. Lists can also make you feel happy, sad, nostalgic or amused.

Gratitude Lists

The gratitude list is a great habit to get into. It’s something that you can do every single day to make you feel positive about the day you’ve just had, or shining some light onto what could have felt like a bad day. These lists could be what you had for lunch, the person who was nice to you in the shop or it being light when you get home from work. If daily lists aren’t your thing, try listing things you’re grateful for in wider life. This could be the freedom to travel, the sunshine or nature.

To Do Lists

We all have to do lists whether we know it or not! It could be in the notes on your phone, loose thoughts in your brain or Sharpied on to the back of your hand. One of the more commonly used lists, the To-Do list, helps with organisation, prioritising and productivity. The to-do list is a workable, messy, braindump of small, actionable tasks that you can tick off when you’ve completed them. Grab a list pad and work your way through your day!


We all know about thinking things into actualisation, but we are going one step further and writing them into reality. The act of cementing your future goals to paper with pen is proven to help you be more driven to achieve them. You can include a combination of long term, harder to reach goals with more achievable goals. Make sure all of your goals are possible or you’ll become intimidated by your goal list! Once you’ve reached a goal, cross it off but leave it on the list! It will help encourage you to continue working on your goals until you reach them all. It can help to add a time limit on some of the goals, but make sure you aren’t being over ambitious and putting to much pressure on yourself.


Podcasts are always a problem for me. Whenever I need to think of one to listen to, my mind blanks. Every time a friend recommends one, I forget it. This is where the podcast list is an absolute lifesaver. Each time someone suggests one, chuck it in the Podcast bank and come back to it when you need it! Life changing.

Monthly Expenses

This mundane but mandatory list is an important one for general life running. If your rent goes out on the 2nd but you always forget about your phone bill that goes out on the 28th and you find yourself stuck in Wahaca not able to pay for your Taco’s because your Spotify subscription came out automatically, we’ve got you.  This list isn’t a budget planner (for that see our budget planning blog) it’s just a reminder of all the things you consistently pay every single month. Think bills, fees and necessities. This list will help keep you in Guac for as long as you like.

Travel List

Not to be confused with the Bucket List, the travel list is for those destinations that you’ve been meaning to visit but have never got round to. Forget abseiling down the Eiffel tower, this list is for those places that Janet suggested over brunch but you just for the life of you can’t remember what continent it’s in. If you’re feeling extra organised, set up a SkyScanner alert on this list of places and make the most of those 6 weeks to fly discounts. Send us a postcard.

Things I put off

Not a to-do list but more of an ‘I haven’t’ list. This is a safe space for all those things you’ve been meaning to do but just . have . not . done . These things have probably featured on a few to-do lists already, but have travelled from one to the next before eventually being forgotten for another day. Write these things down, complete one a week and you’ll never have to see them show their pesky faves ever again.

Books to read

This one is pretty self-explanatory but extremely important. If you’re one of those people who consistently set themselves a new years resolution to read more, but never achieves it, this list could help you stick to your word. Use it as a library (ha) of reference every time you’re taking a trip but have forgotten what you’ve been meaning to read. Use it to start a book club. Use it to help you reach your goals.

Powers I wish I had

If I had a £ for the number of times someones said, if you had a special power what would it be, I’d have around £7. No, but really. People ask that question way more than you would think. List your top 10 and next time it’s questioned you can be so convincing with your answer, they might think you already possess it.

People you love

To all the boys I’ve loved before, extended version. What could makes you feel happier than writing a list of people you love? Not just your mum and your grandad; but people who inspire you, people who teach you things, people who make you laugh, people who you love.

Share your lists with us on #paperchaseloveslists

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