This blog is three posts in one:
1. A case study of the power of one of my favorite kinds of lists: the pros/cons list.
2. A plug for a cool website and the pre-made list paper they make.
3. A chance for you to win FREE list paper from KnockKnockStuff.com.
WHO: Colleen Cappon – my colleague and a non-list maker
WHAT: Colleen and her fiancée Chris are getting married and having trouble planning their honeymoon
WHEN: Their wedding is in October
WHY: It’s tough to narrow down the perfect destination to celebrate their nuptials because they are overwhelmed by all the choices
WHERE: This is just the problem! They have too many options and are losing sight of what they really want
The Power of a Pros/Cons List
Enter the “List Producer” with the solution I have for everything – make a list! I told Colleen that a pros/cons list is really the best way give attention to each choice individually. I also shared some cool list paper that I’d gotten from KnockKnockStuff.com for her to write out pros and cons about each resort she and Chris were considering.
I left her to her listing homework and guess what…she came up with a solution! Colleen and Chris had their sights on the fabulous spa resort Triple Creek Ranch in Montana.
- Beautiful cabins
- Horseback riding
- Rocky mountains
Some of Colleen’s cons:
- Above price range
- Travel is difficult with multiple flights
- Chipmunk-themed cabin
- A little too secluded
- Don’t really care about the spa
The next day Colleen told me — “Even though my list ended up with more pros than cons–it was easier to make the decision once I saw them side by side on paper.” In the end they decided this was too expensive and not worth all travel troubles.
The bride and groom will still be heading west for their honeymoon — but now they’ll stop in California. They’ll spend some time in San Francisco before climbing into their rented convertible and driving off to Glendeven Inn in Mendocino. This property is easier to get to and in their price range while still having all the things that are important to them both. Mission accomplished!
By sitting down and really evaluating each portion of their trip – Colleen and Chris were able to come to the perfect choice for them. Colleen especially liked the list paper I gave her saying, “the fancy list pad made me more excited and feel more official. I felt like it would be a waste if I didn’t choose after filling the page.”
So there you have it…a non-list maker converted!
The nice people at KnockKnockStuff.com want you to convert too – so they’re giving one lucky reader a list of their choice from their website. Please make a comment below about why you need a list to keep organized and I’ll pick a winner at random. I’ll notify the winner via email next week.
5/29/11 UPDATE: I’m happy to announce that Dana has won the free giveaway. Thanks to all who participated!