Geraldina Buccho December 4, 2020 Family Checklist
Being organized is vital as you try to keep your household clean and in good running order. Just as businesses use checklists to make sure that things get done, you too can use one to make sure you stay ahead of the clutter in your home. A thorough checklist and calendar system can help keep you accountable to your chores, and give your family the nice home they deserve. These three tips will show you the importance of housekeeping checklists and the accountability they can foster.
A funeral planning checklist could be what makes a world of difference during a very difficult time: the passing of a loved one. Planning ahead of time for funerary arrangements is a difficult-but worthwhile-exercise. Talk with your loved ones. The most important first step in pre-planning for a funeral is to have conversations with family and loved ones, as difficult as those conversations may be. Prepare a will or estate. Getting plans down in writing is critical. There are online tools that can be used to store critical estate information.
If you do not have checklists for the routine things you do, like traveling or getting groceries, you could be missing out on a huge time saver. A checklist is simply a list of things you need to check to perform your task. This made sound so simple you do not even want to go through the trouble of typing up the list - but if you try this approach you will find that packing goes faster, easier, and is less stressful.
Determine your overhead actions (we call them "Placeholders"). These are routine actions including meals that fall within duty hours, routine errands (like picking up the kids), exercise, etc. Overhead actions are part of life but do not move you towards your goals. Estimate the time to FINISH each action. Write each task and its duration on a Daily Planning Sheet. Overhead Tasks are placed separately from your Goal Oriented Tasks.
Think of the many areas where you could develop a checklist and make your life safer, easier, and more predictable. Is it tech failure? (What to do when your hard drive crashes) Health Problems? (If you or your child is really not feeling well, what to look for and do?) Family Emergency? (Who calls whom, where are the healthcare proxies, and who is in charge of what?) Workplace Emergencies? (Weather issues, security problems, and accidents.) Would not it be easier, under these circumstances to pull up a sheet then try to figure out, in sixty seconds, what you are forgetting?
Checklists offer another significant advantage. By reducing the clutter of information you try to keep in your head, you strengthen your capacity to make decisions that make you happier and more effective. Recent tests prove conclusively that tasks as simple as remembering a string of numbers overburden the prefrontal cortex, interfering with effective decision-making. What a waste of personal potential!