When you were using alcohol or drugs, you probably had a concise list of priorities. Addiction can make your substance of choice to control your life and decisions. While you may have had goals in your head, you probably weren’t taking an active interest in them.
In recovery, the opposite is true. Aside from staying sober, you probably have a lot of goals you’re working towards. Listmaking is one of the ways you can work towards daily goals.
Why Write a List?
Everything in recovery goes step-by-step for a reason. For example, you can’t get to step four (taking an inventory of yourself) if you haven’t completed step three. The first three steps help you learn to turn your life over to a higher power. Developing this trust and belief that things will be OK is crucial to learning a new way of life. The fourth step comes shortly after learning to turn your life over to your higher power.
Writing a list is an excellent way to plan your life and become more organized. After all, each goal you have in recovery will require taking steps.
Lists Aren’t Just About Getting Organized
Many people think that list-making is just something the super-organized personality types do. But research shows that list-making can help you stay motivated while you learn to accomplish things.
If you’re forgetful, a list can keep you on-task. List-making is also super helpful if you’re learning how to do something new.
People with anxiety also feel less stressed out when they make lists. There’s also something deeply satisfying (and calming) about writing a list and crossing things off of it.
So, next time you’re having trouble focusing or working towards a goal, try a list. You’ll learn to accomplish things a step at a time.
If you’re not sure how to accomplish something step-by-step, ask your friends or sponsor for more ideas. There are also some cool apps for iPhones and Androids that can help you write lists and offer reminders. Computers also have a lot of list-making templates and apps. So don’t be afraid of using technology to make your lists.
Getting Help for Addiction
Do you or somebody you love have a problem with alcohol or drugs? Help is available, and we’ll work with you to help you reclaim your life and start the journey of recovery. We can help with many aspects of recovery, from interventions with family members through aftercare. Please get in touch to learn more about your options and how we can help. You can reach us at 619-363-6747.