Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed

Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed

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Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed by Paula Rizzo

What do Madonna, Martha Stewart, John Lennon, Ellen DeGeneres, Ben Franklin, Ronald Reagan, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, and Johnny Cash have in common? Each is (or was) a list maker. These successful people, along with CEOs and successful entrepreneurs, all use lists to keep track of their ideas, thoughts, and tasks. Finding enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished and allow for some downtime can be a struggle. It's no wonder so many of us are stressed, overextended, and exhausted. More than half of all American employees feel overwhelmed, according to a study by the nonprofit Family and Work Institute. For the 54 percent of us who feel like we’re chasing our own tails, Listful Thinking is here to prove that it doesn't have to be that way. You can still find time to relax, read a good book, and do the things you love. Listful Thinking is the book that will give readers their lives back with indispensible tips on saving time, getting organized, improving productivity, saving money, and reducing stress.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632280091
Publisher: Viva Editions
Publication date: 01/13/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 474,784
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

PAULA RIZZO is the senior health producer for at Fox News Channel and the founder of She’s an Emmy Award winner and attributes much of her success to her compulsive list making. The native New Yorker makes lists for every task and event she takes on, from finding an apartment to buying the perfect bra. She started in April 2011 to help others become more organized, focused, efficient, and less stressed. Paula inherited her list-making skills from her father, Louis. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Jay Berman.

Table of Contents

Foreword Julie Morgenstern xi

Introduction: My Life in Lists xv

Chapter 1 What Can Lists Do for You? 1

Chapter 2 Not All Lists Are Created Equal 21

Chapter 3 List Making 101 41

Chapter 4 Work It: Lists at Work Make You More Successful 55

Chapter 5 List Sweet List: Home Life Is Easier with Lists 69

Chapter 6 The Social Butterfly: Manage Your Lifestyle through Lists 83

Chapter 7 Outsourcing Your Life Will Set You Free 101

Chapter 8 Let's Get Digital 115

List Index 141

Acknowledgments 153

About the Author 157

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Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Not only is the title incredible clever (you go Rizzo!), but it's also incredibly helpful.  I especially love the chapter ‘Work It: Lists at Work Make You More Successful’. I often feel overwhelmed at work by all of the last minute tasks that inevitably get thrown my way, and having it in my electronic calendar doesn't do anything to help this feeling.  But since I've started making lists my ability to stay calm in the face of oncoming tasks has seemed to improve. Rizzo suggests many ways that writing lists can fit into your day, emphasizing that the most important part is finding the list making style that works best for you. While Rizzo likes to write her list of things to do the night before, I really enjoy starting my day planning the day.  She has the great suggestion of not just writing all of the things you need to do, but ranking them in order of important / by deadline.  This really a helpful book...I wish I had it back in college!
YGK More than 1 year ago
This book is certainly useful. It has a list of things to do to save yourself from an awkward encounter in an elevator, a list of conversation starters to always keep on hand, advice on how to manage money, and so much more. It will definitely aid in making 2015 your best year yet--filled with low stress and high productivity!
JPowers More than 1 year ago
If your resolution this year is to get more organized, be more efficient and reduce the stress in both your personal and professional life, buy this book now!  Whether you're a list-making fanatic like me or just a run of the mill grocery- list type, Rizzo offers a fast read, chock full of helpful tips, apps to explore and even templates for common lists.  She provides a fun, clear, useful guide for everything from doctor visits, to finding your ideal home to moving to destination weddings.  I was so excited for this book to come out and it did not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paula Rizzo's book "Listful Thinking" is filled with advice to get her readers life organized the best way she can advise them to: through lists. Her tips and tricks are so thorough that one can't help finish this book and feel as if they know exactly how to get their life in check. She not only advises you on how to make the perfect list, but she also gives ways of creating goals and visions for yourself by way of these lists to help you see clearly what it is you want for yourself in the future. Rizzo gives advice to reduce stress in your life and she is there to assist you through this book in making everything around you just a little clearer.  I loved this book because I didn't feel overwhelmed by the advice. I didn't feel like what she was telling me to do was too much or out of my personal limits. I've used a lot of her advice in the days since I've finished her book and it really has made my headspace a lot more free as well as my days less worrisome. Rizzo is a list genius and her book can help you clean up all of the messiness in your own life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only does Julie take into account people like me who need guidance to get inspired, she speaks from personal experience, and she has road tested her suggestions
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garbygal More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book for anyone who is looking to organize their life, or who loves making lists. I have never understood why I enjoy making lists of everything but this book shows I'm not the only one. But using lists successfully is what foils a lot of people. This book gets into how to keep your lists organized and the best ways to use lists to make yourself most productive. The book is filled with tips of how to change what you're doing or add to what you're doing to make your lists really work for you. It also details websites, advice and apps that can help you make and use the lists you need. For me, the best part was the author mentioning how she implements the lists for her career as a TV producer. As a former TV worker it was funny to relive my own memories within what the author added. The information is not too heavy but not too light, mixing conversationalism and tips together. It's an easy read that will improve everyone's life in at least one way. I highly recommend this book, and I have already recommended it to many, many people. If you're not sure- read it- you'll get something out of it.
LauraLovesFitness More than 1 year ago
Are you an organized person who still gets overwhelmed from time to time? I feel your pain! Luckily, Paula Rizzo's "Listful Thinking" offers a fresh approach and NEW tricks to staying on top of your schedule no matter what life throws at you. As a health and fitness blogger, I'm always encouraging people to do things that make you feel better physically, emotionally and mentally. Along with healthy eating and exercise, I encourage you to read this book and give your over-taxed brain some help!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the perfect read for anyone who needs a productivity boost. If you are feeling overwhelmed and don't know how to get back on your feet "Listful Thinking" is for you. As a college student, I have found myself procrastinating way too much on assignments and feeling absolutely crazy trying to cram in everything the night before. Although I'm a very organized person, Listful Thinking taught me how to correctly make a list and complete it . You will learn a ton of organizational skills and tricks to stay on top of your game. I no longer have the creeping feeling that I have missed doing an important task. I strongly recommend this book for anybody and everybody! It's a great read and will benefit your life!
ElkaC More than 1 year ago
Listful Thinking by Paula Rizzo is a must read for everyone that desires to get focused, organized and get things done; perfect for kicking off the New Year! Listful Thinking is filled with thoughtful insight and tips to accomplish tasks, desion-making, organize priorities, etc., for both your personal life and work life. I highly recommend you pick this book up to begin living a less stressed and scattered life. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Listful Thinking" is full of tips and trick to getting things done. My biggest fear as a list maker is not actually getting it done. I think many people suffer from this paralysis. "Listful Thinking" puts you in touch with management apps to help keep lists up to date and where you are. As an artist and designer it keeps me on track and productive. Many people have a misconception that creatives are not organized or focused. I believe the artists of today are some of the most goal oriented people. If they don't benefit from lists it's because they never learned how to use them. This book will show, quickly and easily how to get the best use from them. It is important to think about where you want to go in life and cross off those missions every day, even in small ways. Paula has a "Life" list for this. I follow Paula's blog and really enjoy the style of her writing as much as the information. One valuable lesson I have learned from Paula is that there is no task too great or small that a proper list won't get accomplished. I highly recommend this book and look forward to more from this author.