Since starting this blog I’ve realized — I’m not alone in this list making thing. There are many other notable list makers out there to learn from. Each month I’ll be featuring a successful “list producer” to prove that list making will help you to achieve more in life.
My very first featured “list producer” is Chris Kilham — better known as the Medicine Hunter. Chris travels all over the world looking for natural remedies and healing plants. I’ve produced many segments with Chris and we’ve become good friends through the years. To say his work is fascinating is an understatement. Whether he’s traveling to Siberia or the Amazon — Chris never leaves home without a list!
Q: Why do you call yourself a compulsive list producer?
A: I would say that I am a consistent list maker. Over the years I have found that if I make lists, I can be more focused and get more done. So lists greatly enhance my overall efficiency.
Q. What do you make lists about?
A: Mostly, I make lists about work items that need to be accomplished, in order of priority. I also always make lists of what I need to pack on trips. By doing so, I remember important items like batteries, first-aid materials, and specialty equipment.
Q: How often do you make lists?
A: Every day I make a to-do list. Usually I do so first thing in the morning, with coffee.
Q: What type of list do you make the most?
A: Most of my lists are of items I need to accomplish. My daily to-do list keeps me focused and able to get many things done. By prioritizing agenda items, I maximize work time. Once something is done, I check it off the list.
Q: How do you make lists?
A: Typically I hand write lists. It’s a long-standing habit. So far the electronic way doesn’t work as well for me.
Q: How have you found lists help you succeed?
A: A list shows me what needs to be done. And as I check off completed items, the list helps me to clearly understand what I have accomplished so far. Making lists has been a key aspect of my daily work organization for a very long time.
Q: Specifically what was the last thing you wrote a list about?
A: Yesterday I wrote a list of items that had to be handled for upcoming travel to the Amazon. I have already taken care of the biggest items, and now have just a few details left. Lists work!
Chris Kilham, Medicine Hunter travels to the most remote places in the world in search of natural remedies. Chris advises herbal, cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies and is a regular guest on radio and TV programs worldwide. Visit his website www.MedicineHunter.com for more information.