We are a culture obsessed with making lists. Grocery lists, to-do lists, bucket lists, and wish lists. There is something immensely satisfying about being able to check something off of a list. And I bet that I am not the only person who is occasionally guilty of writing a task on a list that I’ve already completed just to be able to cross it off and visually see that it is completed. We love to set goals for ourselves and make plans, and creating lists is a wonderfully effective way of increasing our productivity and ensuring that we follow our goals through to completion.
Because of their practicality and benefits, lists should not have a negative connotation. Lists are meant to be freeing, not enslaving. Lists help us to remember things that we want to be sure we do later, whether that be mopping the floors or reading that book we’ve been hoping to get to! I love to write down all of the books that I eventually want to read on a list, that way I do not go crazy later trying to remember the name of that one book that such and such friend read and said was incredible. Furthermore, by creating a working (albeit long) list of books I’d like to read, I am setting a goal for myself, and I know that I am more likely to actually set aside time for reading if I make this physical list of books. I have something to help keep me accountable.
This friendly, encouraging method of accountability can be applied for hobbies or activities outside of reading too. If sewing is your thing, consider making a list of all the sewing projects that you want to tackle eventually. If blogging is your thing, make a list of all the different topics you would like to include in future blog posts. And if podcasting happens to be your thing, make a list of all the podcasts that you hope to listen to!
I hate it when I hear or read about some podcast that seems interesting, only to later completely forget the name of it. It is hard to later find an obscure podcast that you wanted to listen to if you just google “podcast about books.” There are so many unbelievable podcasts online now that it can be extremely challenging to keep up with them, not to mention making time to actually listen to them. I therefore believe that it is extremely beneficial to create a physical list of podcasts that you plan on diving into in the near future. This will not only help you remember the names of podcasts as you stumble across them, but it will help ensure that you actually go back to them and give them a listen.
And to make it easier for you to record and track your podcasts, The Front Porch People has created these free printable “Podcasts to Listen to” templates!
Pick one of our two fun, unique designs and keep it close at hand to make a list of the podcasts you want to listen to. And when you have checked a podcast off your list, fill out the “My Rating” section of the chart to keep track of how much you enjoyed it; this way, you will know whether or not you should return to a particular podcast at a later date! We hope you make great use of our templates! :)
(Graphics by Angie Makes)