Day 111: Checklist, day 2

I gotta say I am loving the checklist.

Honestly, I thought I wouldn’t. I thought I’d think it was dumb. I’m not normally a checklist guy. I mean, I can make a good checklist, but filling them out? Nah. I just bristle at that level of stricture in my life.

But I really like it! I think it’s partly because it’s actually helpful. And doesn’t take too much time.

Here are a few of the things that are working for me:

  • It’s interspersed with “gimmes” — flossing, brushing my teeth, turning the lights off. Little easy ones. Keeps me feeling good.
  • And “challenges” — ukulele practice (just 10 minutes), planking. Things that feel “meaty” when I tick them.
  • Finally, checking out as the very last thing. So much better than doing it at some interim point when I’m distracted by the next thing.

A checklist a day keeps the doctor… I don’t know, busy dealing with carpal tunnel syndromes or something

So my natural instinct is of course CHECKLIST ALL THE THINGS. Because that’s how I roll. Find a good idea, hammer it flat.

But I’m resisting. I think I’m going to stick to just a before-bed checklist for now. More might kill the fun, and I’m having a hard time seeing how a checklist that includes “exercise” which can take up to an hour and a quarter, would be fun. Or at least as fun as one with a lot of little hits on it.