Nunzia Calabresi November 11, 2020 Family Checklist
How many things do you try to keep in your head? Would not it be nice to free up that energy by using a checklist? How many mistakes have you made that using a checklist might have prevented? The only way you will learn how using checklists can dramatically improve your life is by using them. Experience the benefits firsthand, over time! Like doctors and pilots, you will most likely be gratified by how checklists help you "get things right". So, how can you use time management right now to live most effectively?
Avoid feeling compelled to take on too many responsibilities all at once. Decide in advance what activities and tasks must get done and write these down on your checklist. For less important activities, consider bartering your services with other moms or dumping them altogether. You will be amazed at how much time you have left in the day to do other fun or important things!
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.
You can use these checklists at any stage of the person`s recovery to chart progress, identify improvements, and spot problems. If the person you expect to provide care for has not been discharged yet from the hospital or rehabilitation program, you can share this list with therapists. You can then use it to work together to plan the person`s care, including how much assistance and independence you can expect. It also gives you a starting point to track further progress after the person comes home with you as caregiver. If you are already caring for or supervising a family member at home, then it is important to include everyone in the discussion. There needs to be agreement among everyone providing care on the individual`s current level of skill and decision making abilities in order to safely promote greater independence.
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!
Writing it down leaves you free to concentrate on other things. Keep your list in front of you, and allow yourself the satisfaction of marking a task as complete. This is a little different from keeping To Do Lists. A checklist tracks tasks that need to be completed on a given project. If you find that you work on the same types of projects repeatedly, consider creating a checklist template for yourself so you can use it over and over again.