"catalogue consisting of names in a row or series," 1602, from M.E. liste "border, edging, stripe" (c.1280), from O.Fr. liste "border, band, row, group," also "strip of paper," or from O.It. lista "border, strip of paper, list," both from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. lista "strip, border, list," O.N. lista "border, selvage," O.E. liste "border"), from P.Gmc. *liston, from PIE *leizd- "border, band." The sense of "enumeration" is from strips of paper used as a sort of catalogue. The O.E. word survives in archaic lists "place of combat," at the boundary of fields.
Boundary, border, place...the language is oddly fitting. Lists help us to locate ourselves. No surprise, then, that as I make the sabbatical transition, my life is dominated by lists. If you look at the list above, you'll even see that one of the items on it instructs me to make another list.
But...combat? Yes, in a way, maybe that too.