Use Checklists? You’re Not Alone

I hate relying on calendars or lists. The very act of filling out a calendar or list feels like wasted time. I like to think I’ve trained my brain to remember important dates and list items whenever necessary. That’s gotten me into plenty of trouble over time.

Checklists are the topic of Atul Gawande’s new book, aptly named “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right.” I was lucky enough to catch an interview with Gawande this morning on Minnesota Public Radio’s Midmorning with Kerri Miller. Gawande references heroic pilot Chesley Sullenberger and how a checklist helped him safely land a commercial flight in the Hudson River in Manhattan, NY when the plane hit a flock of geese.

If you’re someone who forgets things, this interview is seriously worth a listen.

Are you prone to forgetting things? Ever forget something major like a parent’s/child’s birthday? An anniversary? How do you keep your life organized?