The Great Compendium of Everyday Lists
This book is a collection of the most useful check lists in our day-to-day lives including grocery shopping and moving house checklists, and ranges across every life stage, from birth through to marriage, through to death. It doesn’t intend to be bossy and prescriptive, more to remove the annoying and stressful tasks, so you can get on with enjoying the fun stuff. More
This book is a collection of the most useful checklists in our day-to-day lives, and ranges across every life stage, from birth through to marriage, through to death. It doesn’t intend to be bossy and prescriptive, more to remove the annoying and stressful tasks, so you can get on with enjoying the fun stuff.
So why use checklists?
Save Lives in Hospital - A Surgical Safety Checklist, devised by the World Health Organization (WHO), was tested in 2007-2008 in eight hospitals across the world. The test found that by implementing the safety checklist, the rate of surgery-related deaths and complications reduced by one third during major operations. This amounts to an estimated 500,000 lives saved per year under the implementation of this checklist!
The Surgical Safety Checklist has now been rolled out globally to over 3,900 hospitals in more than 122 countries.
Sir Liam Donaldson, Chairman of the WHO Patient Safety Agency, has been quoted as saying “If I were to need an operation, I would want to be treated somewhere using a surgical checklist.”
Save Lives in the Air - On January 15, 2009, US Airways flight 1549 struck a flock of Canada geese over Manhattan, suffered complete loss of thrust from both engines and successfully crash-landed in the Hudson River almost three minutes after losing power. All 155 passengers survived. This incident has become known as the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’.
The crew of the flight were awarded the Master’s Medal of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators. The award citation read: “This emergency ditching and evacuation, with the loss of no lives, is a heroic and unique aviation achievement.”
It is believed that the flight crew, working as a team and working through safety checklists (including pre-flight and emergency ones), helped this incident to be described as “the most successful ditching in aviation history” by Kitty Higgins (National Transportation Safety Board member).
Save Procrastination - The Operation Organomics Survey, developed by document management experts Smead, has found that Americans are 85% more likely to do the things that are listed on a ‘to-do’ list.
Save Stress - Other benefits of lists include stress relief and a positive feeling of achievement: “I advise patients suffering from insomnia to utilize lists to get thoughts out of your mind before bedtime,” says Dr Cindee Gardner, a homeopathist.
The Checklist Manifesto, authored by Atul Gawande, argues that “a disciplined use of a checklist reduces the fallibility of human memory and attention, particularly in regards to the mundane and routine events that can often be forgotten in light of more urgent events and tasks. Checklists protect against failure.”
The lists included in this book should only be used as a guide. Not all items on the lists provided will be required by you, and spaces have been left for you to customize the lists by adding items of your own using your ebook’s comment, footnote and highlight functions.
This book is a collection of the most useful checklists in our day-to-day lives, ranging across every life stage, from birth through to marriage and finally to death. It also includes many checklists for everyday tasks.
These checklists are not intended to be prescriptive, but to provide a starting position that helps remove annoyance and stress, so you can get on with enjoying life’s fun stuff!