I love finding successful list nerds just like me! I’ve been working with Frances Largeman-Roth for several years. She’s the Senior Food & Nutrition Editor at Health Magazine, a mom and also a list maker! She’s expecting another little bundle in a few weeks and she’s shared her Food-Shopping List for a Healthy Pregnancy and let me feature her here as this month’s List Producer.
Q: Why do you call yourself a compulsive list producer?
A: Because if I have a notebook or even a scrap of paper, a list will get made! I find that list-making helps to clear my head so that I can move on with the rest of my day and be productive.
Q: What do you make lists about?
A: You name it—I do 5-year goal lists, errand lists, packing lists, and since I have a move and a baby coming up, lots of lists related to what I need to buy and do. I also do work-related to-do lists since I work in a deadline-driven industry.
Q: How often do you make lists?
Q: What type of list do you make the most?
A: Who I need to call and what I need to buy. Diapers are often on the list!
Q: How do you make lists?
A: Sometimes I email myself lists right before I go to sleep, but usually they are of the handwritten type.
Q: How have you found lists help you succeed?
A: I’ve looked back at old 5-year goal lists of mine and have been surprised about how many things I’ve actually accomplished on them! For example, writing a book, having a child, and moving to NY. I really think there’s a strong connection to setting your wishes and thoughts down on paper and seeing them through.
Q: Specifically what was the last thing you wrote a list about?
A: What to pack in my bag for the hospital: toothbrush, toothpaste, contact solution, underwear, makeup, camera, loose clothing, room spray. Baby will be coming soon!
Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, has been the Senior Food & Nutrition Editor at Health magazine for seven years. Frances is the co-author, along with Ellen Kunes, of The New York Times bestselling book, The CarbLovers Diet. Frances is also the author of Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom’s Healthy Eating Guide. You can keep up with Frances at www.franceslargemanroth.com and follow her at Twitter.com/feedthebelly.