Today’s demands ask us to balance more and more tasks and to react to new happenings in a seemingly instantaneous manner such that I can open my email, open up a new message, open up two tabs on my web browser, open up a google doc and then forget who on earth I was going to email with that new message in the first place.

This is a problem, and one I’m sure not to be the only victim of.

The key to defeating reactionary work flow is to write down the things you must get done. Don’t let other people’s demands control how your day is going to go. A written word is the air brakes to the madman in control of your short-term-memory runaway train.

Not only are checklists simple and profoundly helpful, they feel so good to cross off! You’ll feel so good in fact, that you’ll undoubtedly introduce this (if you grew up in the 80’s) back into your vernacular every time you complete a task.

While I can write a checklist post, you should read The Checklist Manifesto for more in-depth, list-adhering goodness and for quotes like this:

Discipline is hard—harder than trustworthiness and skill and perhaps even than selflessness. We are by nature flawed and inconstant creatures. We are not built for discipline. We are built for novelty and excitement, not for careful attention to detail. Discipline is something we have to work at.

We need checklists to protect us from ourselves.

(Write a blog post for 9/12)

What are you crossing off today?

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