I typically start each day with a list of things to do. Once I’m done making the list I cherry pick the things I can do quickest, so I get to cross them off the list. I don’t like to do things that aren’t on the list, and I occasionally add things I’ve already done to the list so I can cross them off. It’s all about the cross off, really. On offline days I keep my list on a single Post-It note. On online days I use a word processor and the strikethrough font.
But even more so than to-do lists I like list of interesting facts. When I see good list I feel compelled to memorize it, along with some interesting facts. For example, looking at the Top 200 tallest skyscrapers by architectural detail* the first thing that jumped out at me is that there are 5 buildings on that list named for Bank of America.
Contributors to Wikipedia seem fond of lists, although the official policy on this is unclear to me. Lists are a good way to present data without injecting any of that pesky individual thought. I found a list of lists on Wikipedia which expands out into more lists which contain even more lists.
Here’s a list of some list related links:
* – Controversial issue amongst skyscraper geeks** – there are a few different ways to measure how tall a building is.
** – Everything has a group of geeks.