The Art of the List: 10 Lifechanging Lists to Boost Creativity and Productivity

Seeing as it’s now officially National Stationery Week (WOOHOO!), we thought this would be the perfect time to express our love of lists and show you some easy ways to boost your productivity and creativity. Getting ideas from your head and onto a nicely ordered list can really help you work through your thoughts and help you feel more in control. And, as there are lists for everything, selected our top picks that we think can help to change your life... 

Gratitude lists

Making a gratitude list is a great habit to get into. It’s something that you can do to help you reflect on the day you’ve just and help you stay positive. These lists could include little details you enjoyed, like what you had for lunch, the person who was nice to you in the shop or even the fact that it was still bright outside when you get home from work. If daily lists aren’t your thing, you can try listing things you’re grateful for in general. This could include the freedom to travel, the sunshine or nature. 

If you’re not sure where to start, our 365 journals have daily prompts to help you on your journey. 

List of gratitude


To-do lists 

We all love a good to-do list! You may make yours on the notes app on your phone or Sharpied onto the back of your hand. Great for organisation, prioritising and productivity, this list is a workable, messy, brain dump of small, actionable tasks that you can tick off when you’ve completed them. Grab a list pad and begin to work your way through your day! We always recommend putting the most daunting task first. It’s great to get it out of the way first thing, so you can enjoy spending time on those smaller tasks.


How to write a To-Do List


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

Read more about goal setting and how to do it positively. 

List your Goals



Podcasts are always a problem for me. Whenever I need to think of one to listen to, my mind goes blank. Every time a friend recommends one, I forget it. This is where the podcast list is an absolute lifesaver. Each time someone suggests one, just chuck it onto the Podcast bank and come back to it when you need it. Yay, now you always have something great to listen to! 


List of Podcasts to listen to


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, you may find yourself stuck in Wahaca not able to pay for your Taco’s because of a lack of funds (oops). This list isn’t a budget planner, 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. 

List of Expenses

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 haven’t yet gotten around to. Forget abseiling down the Eiffel tower, this list is for those cute day trips, or affordable destinations that Janet suggested over brunch. If you’re feeling extra organised, you can also set up a Skyscanner alert using this list of places and make the most of those 6 weeks to fly discounts. Don’t forget to send us a postcard! 


List of places you want to travel to


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 about completely. Write these things down, complete one a week and you’ll never have to worry about them again. 


List of Things you put off doing


Books to read

This one is pretty self-explanatory but nevertheless important. If you’re one of those people (like us) who consistently set themselves a new year's resolution to read more, but never seem to actually get around to it, this list could help you finally do it! Treat 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. Let it help you reach your goals. 

List of Books to read


Powers I wish I had

If I had a £ for the number of times someone’s said, if you had a special power what would it be, I’d have around £7. No, but really. This is a really fun, silly list that will help you flex those creative muscles. So, list your top 10 and next time you’re quizzed you can be so convincing with your answer, they might think you already possess it. 


List of Powers I Wish I Had


People you love

To all the boys I’ve loved before, extended version. What could make you feel happier than sitting down and 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. This is another great way to practise gratitude and help remind you of everyone in your life you should celebrate. 


A List of People I Love

We hope this has given you some inspiration to get all your brilliant ideas down on paper, or even get those to-dos out of the way! Now all you'll need to do is find the perfect list pad for the job. Remember to share your lists with us across our social channels using #paperchaseloveslists 

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