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World Checklist Day – Monday, October 30.2017

A friend of mine recently had surgery on her big toe and she was quite impressed when her surgeon put his initials in magic market on the the foot needing to be done. “One can never be too sure” was her thinking. She also recently read a fascinating book entitled,  The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right in which the author, “reviews how simple checklists in surgery around the world can and does save lives.” 

I’d like to read this book.

I’m a strong supporter of checklists (and if I was having surgery, I would be quite happy to have magic marker scribble on the correct part of my body that was about to be cut into!)

So, I’m going to celebrate World Checklist Day today. Yup. There really is a World Checklist Day.

One of the items on my Checklist today was to read about the history of Checklist Day.

If you are living in the modern world, making use of a checklist is a powerful habit to embrace. So, Checklist Day is a great way to remind yourself how important these self-made reminders truly are. Interestingly enough, it is said that this day harkens back to some rather dark roots.

During the 1930s, early aviators were searching for ways to allow flying to be much safer and avoid the all-too-common crash during takeoff. After several costly mishaps, one group of pilots came up with the idea to create a checklist before taxiing down the runway. It is said that the origins of Checklist Day can be traced back to this singular event.

There you have it – a little trivia knowledge to tuck away for those rainy day Trivial Pursuits marathon games.

Not only do I like check lists, I’ve even been known to create a check list so I can cross things off that I’ve already accomplished. Strange (and embarrassing) but true! Checklists keep me organized, makes things visual and brings a sense of accomplishment. To be honest, I can’t even imagine life with a calendar and a checklist close at hand because there is no way that I would remember all the details of my day. My husband snickers at my obvious inability to work through my day chronologically without a check list. So be it. It’s the truth. I proudly admit that Post it Notes and I get along well because they’re just the perfect size for my daily checklists. They  help me think. In fact, I’m sitting here staring at my wall covered with my little friends! This is as far as I have gotten with a book.

I gotta’ see the whole picture!

So, I woke up with a smile this morning because it’s World Checklist Day and I celebrated with a smoothie…and a checklist, of course!

Enjoy your Monday!




  1. Anne Loewen

    Daily checklists – the best part is crossing items off – and I too have succumbed to doing something not on the list, writing it on the list, and promptly crossing it off with a flourish!

    • Diane (Author)

      Glad to hear I’m in good company! 🙂

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