“This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you’re organized, you use your time more effectively. Checklists are easy to use, quick to write, and can be altered when priorities change. Getting yourself into the habit of creating daily ‘to do’ lists will help you stay organized throughout the semester, but there are also some added benefits!
Benefit #1: Crafting a checklist is like meditating – when you have a million ideas and thoughts swirling around in your head, writing a ‘to do’ list can help you to empty your mind and free up space to think more clearly.
Benefit #2: Checklists are motivational – checklists help you to refocus your energy. There are many times in the semester where you may feel overwhelmed by everything that is on your plate. Checklists help you break up responsibilities into manageable parts and give you motivation to take action one step at a time!
Benefit #3: Checklists help us get it right – Introducing a simple checklist can help us to take large amounts of complex information and improve the likelihood that we will get it right! In fact, one study shows how introducing a 2-minute checklist at eight hospitals in 2008, resulted in deaths dropping by 47%! (Atul Gwawnde, “The Checklist Manifesto“)
Stop by the ASC today to pick up one or more of our helpful checklist post-it notepads!