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. Read more
I’ll be the first to say — I’m not a sports fan. But I’m married to a sports anchor so I need to be somewhat informed about what’s going on in the sports world. So I know some serious stuff went down with Jorge Posada and the Yankees this past weekend.
Since starting this blog people who aren’t list makers have been giving it a try — including my husband! Here’s his take on why Jorge Posada (or anyone facing a difficult situation really) would have benefited from doing the same thing.
Jorge Posada Should Have Used a List
by Jay Berman
New York Yankees aging star Jorge Posada might have been better served with a “cooler heads prevail”-type checklist this past Saturday night. Instead — the selfish jock made a mockery of the sport, his bosses, his teammates, and the fans by asking out of the line-up due to his disapproval of his scheduled spot in the batting order. Ironic how the man with the most experience on the sports most celebrated team shows his true colors by acting immature and childish.
Of course, a quandary of this magnitude, could have been easily avoided with the proper checklist! Read more
By now I hope that you’re caught up on your DVR..because I’m going to talk about last Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy episode. Don’t worry – there won’t be any spoilers. But I will tell you that one of the doctors brought attention to one of my favorite things…a checklist!
Over eager Dr. April Kepner bounced through the halls pestering Dr. Christina Yang about using a checklist to make sure all the protocol was met for one of their patient’s care. Dr. Kepner explained that the checklist has been used in aviation for years and helps to cut out human error.
It’s true – I just finished reading “The Checklist Manifesto” by Dr. Atul Gawande and he notes that airline pilots fill out pre-flight checklists and have crisis checklists incase anything goes wrong in flight. Read more