The Checklist Book: Set Realistic Goals, Celebrate Tiny Wins, Reduce Stress and Overwhelm, and Feel Calmer Every Day

The Checklist Book: Set Realistic Goals, Celebrate Tiny Wins, Reduce Stress and Overwhelm, and Feel Calmer Every Day

by Alexandra Franzen

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Overview

Increase Productivity by Going Back to the Basics

Too much to do, too little time? Feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Go back to the basics by writing out a simple checklist. It will change your life.

Simplicity at its best: The checklist is one of the world’s oldest—and most effective—productivity systems. If anything, author and entrepreneur Alexandra Franzen shares, it is just as valuable now as it was during the days of the Roman Empire. Writing out a simple checklist allows us to tangibly plan our day and set in stone what we want to accomplish.

Cut out unnecessary noise: There are countless apps and organizational systems out there to help us straighten out our lives, but often they only add to the madness. Trying to keep up leaves us feeling drained and overwhelmed. Learn how to choose your highest priorities, set realistic goals, celebrate tiny wins, and feel calmer every day with the magic of checklists.

Be realistic about the time in a day: By physically writing down our tasks on a single piece of paper, we force ourselves to limit how much we can do in a day. Too often, we cram our day with tasks and chores and leave almost no space for self-care or time with loved ones. We end up disappointed in our inability to complete our never-ending to-do list. Checklists help you plan your day in a more gentle, realistic way. You accomplish what needs to be done—and enjoy things you want to be doing, too.

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

Readers who love life-improvement books like The Bullet Journal Method , Free to Focus and Atomic Habits will love The Checklist Book .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642501186
Publisher: Mango Media
Publication date: 01/14/2020
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 292,580
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Alexandra Franzen is an author and entrepreneur—and is proud to be known as a “checklist freak.” She has written articles for sites like Time, Forbes, Newsweek, The Huffington Post , The Muse, and Lifehacker, and she’s been mentioned in The New York Times Small Business Blog, The Atlantic, USA Today, StyleCaster, Brit+Co, and Inc.

Her books include You’re Going to Survive (true stories and advice on how to survive painful experiences in your career), 50 Ways to Say You’re Awesome (a book about the power of saying “thank you”), and So This Is the End (a novel about a woman with exactly one day to live).

She’s the creator of Get It Done , an online class that helps you tackle a project you’ve been avoiding and finally get it handled. She’s the founder of The Tiny Press , a publishing imprint specializing in short books that are 100 pages or less. She also works as a copywriter and consultant, helping clients complete all kinds of writing/storytelling/media projects: books, websites, podcasts, marketing campaigns, and more.

She lives in a house with an entire wall that’s covered in giant bulletin boards and checklists. alexandrafranzen.com

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From the Foreword

There’s something universally satisfying about making a list of meaningful goals, checking things off, and basking in the golden glow of accomplishment. As humans, we love that sweet feeling of alignment and integrity: “I said I would do it. I did it. I followed through. It’s done.”

Research shows, the more promises you keep, the better you feel. There’s a direct connection between your level of personal integrity (promises kept, boxes checked, intentions fulfilled) and your self-esteem, happiness, and well-being.

The Checklist Book is your invitation to gently assess your life. How are you living? What kind of promises are you making and why? Which kinds of goals matter to you and which don’t? What belongs on your checklist for today and what doesn’t? What does “a good life” mean to you?

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Alexandra, the author of The Checklist Book, on several projects—including a book proposal, articles, workbooks, and other materials for my clients. She’s encouraging and tender—the type of person who records a three-minute audio message and emails it to you before bedtime just to remind you: “You’re doing a great job.” She’s a little bit like Fred Rogers except with blue hair and yoga pants. You’re in good hands with her. Enjoy this book. Happy list-making. Enjoy the journey of raising your level of integrity—closing the gap between the life you wish to lead, and the life you’re actually living.

—Dr. Sasha Heinz, PhD, psychologist and life coach

Table of Contents

Foreword 12

Introduction: Take What You Need 15

Chapter 1 The Power of Making a Checklist 17

Chapter 2 The History of Checklists 33

Chapter 3 The Science of Checklists 43

Chapter 4 The Big Question: How Do You Want to Spend Your Time? 50

Chapter 5 The Daily Checklist 79

Chapter 6 The Loose-End Checklist, Seasonal Cliecklisf, Survival Checklist, and More 122

Chapter 7 Checklist Troubleshooting 153

Closing Thoughts 169

Recommended Books, Websites, & Other Resources 174

Acknowledgments 185

About The Author 189

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From the Publisher

“There's something universally satisfying about making a list of meaningful goals, checking things off, and basking in the golden glow of accomplishment. As humans, we love that sweet feeling of alignment and integrity: ‘I said I would do it. I did it. I followed through. It’s done.’ Research shows, the more promises you keep, the better you feel. There’s a direct connection between your level of personal integrity (promises kept, boxes checked, intentions fulfilled) and your self-esteem, happiness, and well-being. The Checklist Book is your invitation to gently assess your life. How are you living? What kind of promises are you making and why? Which kinds of goals matter to you and which don’t? What belongs on your checklist for today and what doesn’t? What does ‘a good life’ mean to you? You’re in good hands with her. Enjoy this book. Happy list-making. Enjoy the journey of raising your level of integrity—closing the gap between the life you wish to lead, and the life you’re actually living.”

—Dr. Sasha Heinz, PhD, psychologist and life coach

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