How often do you forget to pick up something from the grocery store, because you did not take a list? I have a standard we-are-leaving-town checklist, and without it, I usually forget to adjust the temperature on the thermostat, and we heat/cool wastefully. Part of the list is what-we-should-take-with-us, and without it, we tend to forget swimsuits/handkerchiefs/etc.
Shockingly, even doctors need to be reminded of such routine things as washing their hands before they pick up a scalpel and cut into YOU. The idea came to the doctor-author after considering the rigorous adherence to checklists followed by airline pilots. Read The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande. The Dick Smith Library owns it; it is located at RA399 .A1 G39 2010. A doctor-relative always requires his residents to read The Checklist Manifesto.
Apparently I am not the only one who likes checklists.
You can find pre-made checklists to help you at Simply Checklists. Included are lists for college students and money, pet supplies, green living, tailgate parties, weddings, toolboxes and more.
A checklist is powerful! Add checklists to your toolbox.