I enjoyed this book on many levels. Click on Alexendra Franzen's Book cover, The Checklist Book, for a direct link to her website. There are many hyperlinks included in today's blog so you can learn about the author and the many resources she has available for all my list-making-peeps.
I'll admit, the title of this book got me excited. I LOVE writing and completing lists. I'm second or third generation list maker, my daughter is following in our foot steps (Yes!). I'll admit this book initially intrigued me because I wasn't sure how someone could write an entire book on writing a lists. Oh. My. Gosh! This book is a must read for all list makers, and for those who have ever thought about writing a lists.
Alexandra Franzen goes into the history of lists, which was fascinating in itself. She also talks about how lists are more than a list of things-to-do. Up until reading this book, this is what I thought a list was but she has transformed the way I think about my beautiful lists. Lists aren't just helpful, they are necessary:
"Making a checklist is like creating an extra storage tank for your brain.
You're helping yourself to remember all the extra things
that your regular human brain can't successfully remember on its own.
This creates a feeling of emotional relief...much like closing all the tabs on
your Internet browser, you're closing all the extra tabs in your brain." (Page 45)
She shares that not all lists are the same and offers different styles and purposes for your lists. She offers different styles and asks the reader to pay attention to the one that resonates with them. Once you have your style, there are different purposes for your lists. Two of them stood out to me and I went to work and started to make my "Daily Lists" using her philosophy. It's a list with a purpose, instead of just a list of tasks, it includes "wins", "moments" and "blanks".
I must admit, to change my thought process about my lists, I have been more productive. She has a list for "Marketing" too and my hope is to try this list for the release of my next book. She has the templates for all her lists available on her website for FREE yet you need the book so you understand the mindfulness and thought process into creating these lists for success.
I shared this book at a faculty webinar, showed it to one person, and they ordered 2 copies. It's that good. What are you waiting for? Order your copy today!
The Checklist Book is perfect for you if you:
- feel stressed, tired, overwhelmed ("Too much to do, not enough time").
- want to strike a healthier balance between "work" and "the rest of life."
- crave more calm and simplicity in life.
- enjoy exploring life's big questions.
- love LISTS (list fanatics!) and list-curious newbies, too.
- want to set yourself up for a calm, focused, organized, and meaningful day.
In the life-changing Checklist Book, learn:
The history of the checklist and why it remains to be relevant and effective today
The science behind the success of checklists, such as the instant satisfaction we feel when we put a check next to a finished task
How to create a basic daily checklist―and checklists for specific situations, like moving to a new city or navigating a divorce
As if a great book isn't enough, Alexandra Franzen offers FREE DOWNLOADS
on her website too! I personally used an old spiraled-one-subject notebook.
About the Author
ALEXANDRA FRANZEN is the author of several books. She has written articles for dozens of sites, including Time, Forbes, Newsweek, HuffPost, The Muse, and Lifehacker. She's been mentioned/quoted in The New York Times Small Business Blog, The Atlantic, USA Today, BuzzFeed, Brit+Co, and Inc.
Alexandra is best-known for writing about creativity, productivity, the power of setting tiny goals, how to develop more confidence in your writing skills, and how to stay motivated, keep working towards your personal and professional dreams, and never give up.
She also works as a copywriter, ghostwriter, writing teacher, and consultant. She helps her clients to develop podcasts, videos, websites, speeches, books, and other creative projects.
Find Alexandra's latest projects, classes, and hundreds of free articles and resources at: AlexandraFranzen.com
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