Posts tagged 6 Week Transformation Challenge
"Discipline is hard - harder than trustworthiness and skill and perhaps even selflessness. We are by nature flawed and inconstant creatures. We can't even keep from snacking in between meals. We are not built for discipline. We are built for novelty and excitement, not for careful attention to detail. Discipline is something we have to work at."
Flawed and inconstant creatures. Doesn't that get you fired up to be successful! Maybe not, but he makes some excellent points about human nature.
This quote is from surgeon and writer Atul Gawande's book The Checklist Manifesto. The book talks about how crucial checklists are for saving lives and money in medicine, aviation, finance, and construction.
It got me thinking about how fitness and nutrition need checklists as well. If you are like me, you picture checklists as boring, mundane, and not very helpful. Maybe because I am thinking of checklists from washing dishes and mopping floors at pizza buffets. Shout out to Mr. Gatti's, no one died on my watch!
He offers some great suggestions on building checklists. Here are his tips:
Make them precise.
They should be efficient, to the point, and easy to use even in the most difficult situations.
Do not try to spell out everything.
Provide reminders of only the most critical and important steps - the ones that even highly skilled professionals using them could miss.
Above all, make sure they are practical.