In relation to everything in life – its good practice to have checklists. Recently I read a book entitled “The Checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande, that chronicled his journey through hospitals around the world collecting data on if a simple checklist could improve patient health. The book itself was not as good as a reader would hope, however it had one epiphany inducing take-away: MAINTAIN CHECKLISTS FOR IMPORTANT THINGS.
This simple notion has become almost my mantra as I plan for important items both at work and home. Last week, I was the chair of a nonprofit built committee that put on a statewide conference for teachers and nonprofits. What I always referred to before we began the two day event, was the bullet points 1-5. When it came to the beginning of all the madness, I was preparred and collected. Sure some things popped up, but all the details and major concerns were taken care of because I made a visible attempt to not forget anything on the day of the conference.
So here are some quick tips to remember when making your own checklist:
- Keep it short! (anymore points than 7 and you’ll need a checklist for your checklist.)
- Have simple goals/points. (Break the complex down, and if you can’t then get rid of it!)
- Keep it handy at all times. (If you don’t know it, you will not follow it.)
- Make sure they get you to your overall goal! (Edit, re-read, make sure its working for you and not against you!)
Do you have a checklist manifesto that you follow? Are there examples on how this has helped you at work or home? I have always found that physically checking off items makes me happier and well prepared for that goal I’m looking to achieve.