1. Upgrade your time management behaviors.
2. Identify and mitigate time wasters.
3. Communicate priorities and set boundaries for your time.
4. Retain more information through focus and note taking.
5. Manage meetings more efficiently.
We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies—neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.
In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.
An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential reading for anyone working to get things right.
Do you remember the gentle hum of planes, Raya? Since coming back to this tiny town quarantined from airports, I cant hear them anymore. Remember how we used to listen to the birds on cheerful spring mornings; how they excited and reminded us that summer wasnt far behind? Well, its the same feeling; that familiar drone of a plane overhead. It always suggested a future adventure or, at least, the possibility of one. The low hum, hinted to you returning, although now, it reminds me of your absence, so, perhaps its a good thing that I am out of the flight path.