The world of the written word has given us access to a number of ways to making our lives easier. From communicating with people to expressing our thoughts, these words have been responsible for a number of moving thoughts and ideas, including something we refer to as “lists”. Lists are nothing but a sequential arrangement of items that require us to respond to, at some point of time. They are all about putting things into order, in terms of the priority that we put to them and giving us a sorted-way of looking at the things we need to do in life.

However, in terms of historical usage and the actual need for lists, there are four reasons why we use them in our daily work and personal lives.

For Information

Lists have been used to provide people with information about events, things, rules, regulations and more. For decades, we’ve seen notices on bulletin boards and walls, with a list of information presented in a bullet-point format or just in the form of numbered lists. Anything listed chronologically or according to theme is something that you would expect from a list that’s meant for disseminating information.


Lists have always been used to link terms that are similar in nature or give you more information about a particular subject. In the form of tables of content or as indices in books, on websites and more, these lists are an essential part of telling people where to find what. These lists are extremely important when it comes to giving people direction when it comes to finding information quickly. On the Internet, these lists come with links that take you around websites and all over the Internet, taking you to the information through the pathways of technology.


When it comes to articles, books or websites, developing content require you to provide lists of resources that can help readers go to the next level or to other places where there is more information or additional reading that can assist the reader’s purpose. Over the years, plenty of encyclopedias, especially online versions, have used this format to promote other sections of their website as well as other websites that may have more information or simply be knowledge partners of some sort.


Categories are always important no matter what kind of information you are providing. Whether it is a book, a website, a letter or even a book shelf that you are trying to organize, categories are absolutely essential and require you to put in that “list” that we constantly end up referring to. By complying to the demand of having a categorized listing, you ensure that there is enough and more room for your content to appear in a easy-to-understand format.

Lists have always been used within a category, to determine various subjects described, as well as at the category-level, to describe the various kinds of categories. Depending on what your need for lists is and what purpose you plan to serve through them, your lists will vary in their format, their content and even their orientation. So go out there and explore the world of lists because irrespective of whether you are trying to get your daily work done or trying to get a message out to the world, you will find yourself using them quite often.