I’m on record as being an enormous fan of making, keeping, and working from lists. It harnesses my OCD tendencies in a positive way, takes away the stress of tracking the multitudinous details of daily life, and gives me a nice little shot of dopamine when I check off an item.
Yet little did I suspect the true power of lists, until an article in the New Yorker opened my eyes. It’s a bit long, and a little rough going through the medical patches–at least for those of us who aren’t former ER nurses and/or who recently had a traumatic hospital experience–but it’s also fascinating (especially the discussion of the Checklist that Beat the Nazis–no, really!) You won’t be able to stop reading it until the end, and once you’ve read it, I’ll bet you start thinking about the power of lists in a whole new light.