A checklist is the best way to get organized for any event. Most of us make a grocery list before going to the store, why not make a list for everything else in life? The benefits greatly outweigh the time that it may take to make one. The more checklists that you make, the faster you will get at it. So what kind of checklists should you make? The following lists some general ideas for checklists:
Checklist for everyday. Start your mornings by making a list of all the things that you need to accomplish each day. Carry it with you and mark each item off when completed. This will give a great feeling of accomplishment and closure.
Household maintenance. Develop a household maintenance list divided into months. For instance for the month of October or November your list may include cleaning the gutters. Every month may have a day to change the filter on your furnace or central air unit. Check the list a few months in advance to see if you need to schedule specific maintenance people to do a job for you.
Christmas preparations. This list will only be used once a year but can save a lot of time and frustration. List dinner preparations such as what recipes to use, who to invite etc. You may want to include the date that you should send out Christmas cards and who to buy for including their special likes and dislikes. This will alleviate a lot of stress for you during the hectic holiday time.
Packing list. Packing for vacation or for just going on a business trip can seem like a daunting task. Make a list of everything that you need to pack. Include on your list things that you need to arrange before leaving on vacation such as stopping your mail, giving the neighbor the needed information, turning down the thermostat and car maintenance.
Christmas gifts. You use this list once a year also, and it too saves you a lot of time. List all the people for whom you need to get presents for. List the items that you intend to get for them, and when you should complete the shopping for this. If you are buying online, plan for the delivery time as well.
Weekly cleaning list. A weekly cleaning list should be developed and hung on the wall for everyone to see. Beside each job include the person’s name that is responsible for the job that week. Make sure they mark through the job when completed.
Car Maintenance checklist. Schedule times when you need to make appointments for an oil change and general car maintenance.
Developing checklists for your life with go a long way in reducing stress. Having a list will also make it easier to delegate tasks to other people in your household. The great thing about these checklists is they can all be stored on your computer and printed out as needed. Or if you prefer, create a special binder for all of your checklists. Once you start making checklists, you will wonder how you ever lived without them.
By Shafir Ahmad