Checklists

Planning a cross-country move is stressful. With our venture to Virginia in less than 8 weeks, I am starting to go into “hyper-beaver” mode. My mental list of to-do’s is getting longer by the hour. The problem is, I hardly ever write down and organize; I just worry! Yesterday Jeff and I came across a simple solution to my angst: spreadsheet based checklists.

Jeff loves a checklist. I could ask him to do nearly anything as long as I break it down into steps with a neat little box to tick off. For instance, we have a spare vehicle which has been sitting unused for a length of time. We agreed to dispose of the auto before we moved. A relative conveniently needs a vehicle this week and agreed to pay for all the expenses of getting it operational again. Our eyes glazed over at the enormity of the big-picture task.

“Would you like a check list, my dear?”

“YES, please!” was Jeff’s reply.

I designed and printed off one on blue cardstock in less than 5 minutes. I trimmed it down to fit his coat pocket. He was thrilled! This morning he had the first two tasks planned, appropriate materials gathered, and a smile on his face.

I saved the spreadsheet for future checklists.

In case you have this problem of being overwhelmed, this site is pretty cute. Or try Everyday Systems for added encouragement and long-term planning.

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1 Response to “Checklists”


  1. 1 Kristen April 6, 2009 at 8:04 am

    I love lists. They are so helpful and wonderful. I make lists for almost everything.


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