I'm a list maker too. Like Aunt Bea, my notebook of made recipes has turned into a personal cookbook. I make a page of the recipe with notes on how I made it that time, what worked, what didn't. Each time I make the dish, I make notes of changes and results on the recipe page.
I don't alphabetize the recipes, but just put the most recently made on top. I'm finding my recipes easier by knowing how long ago I made it. It works well.
I make another list of ideas to try. Not recipes, just ideas of combinations that sound good. They usually end up with a recipe page.
Grocery lists are a must. Like Momma taught me, if it doesn't get on the list it doesn't get bought. I make sure I have my list when I shop and I check it before checking out. If I missed something, I either decide to go back and get it or decide I don't need it that badly.
If you can't see the bright side of life, polish the dull side.