Geraldina Buccho January 20, 2021 Family Checklist
Decide ahead of time how long you will devote to a specific task. That way as you are working on it, the knowledge that your allocated time is limited will hone your focus and sharpen your mind, allowing you to concentrate more fully on the task at hand. When you make appointments with other people, use scheduling software or a calendar to keep track of these time-bound events. Likewise, since you have taken the time to plan your day, be meticulous in keeping to your scheduled tasks. Do not let yourself be distracted.
Map out what you are going to do tomorrow before you finish your work today. Allow yourself the time it takes to do this advance activity. Once you have planned the work you need to do tomorrow, make sure you have the materials necessary for each task. For example, if you are writing a report, be sure you have identified and accessed your research materials.
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.
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?
With every new task or project, decide if the effort is worth your time and energy. If you are spending too much time on one project, chances are you are not moving ahead with your goals. Take a good look at your to-do list again and reassess your priorities. Spend a few minutes every morning taking stock of your checklist. How many of those tasks need to get done by you? How many can get done by others? Keep realistic and honest expectations of what needs to get done in a given day. Managing stress is much easier when letting go of those unnecessary tasks.
Humans have an incredible capacity for memory, we remember to do the basic things to keep us alive, we remember multiple tasks on a daily basis at work, even if we do not have checklists to remind us, and we remember all our personal and family responsibilities. Yet, we live such fast paced lives that, without reminders and checklists things will, and inevitably do, slip through the cracks. People lose their keys, forget their jackets and even sometimes forget to pick the kids up.