From Misty: My husband posted the following on his company blog and since I thought Arrow-Tips readers might enjoy it, he agreed to post it here as well. Enjoy!
This morning, I taught my son to fly a 747.
Actually, no I didn’t. But we used a tool pilots use every day: a checklist.
Recently, we’ve been spending a lot of time working with our son Zack on improving one area of his school work: consistency. We’ve tried most things most parents try like focusing on what he does wrong.
When I picked him up yesterday, he told me about a bad grade he got. I decided to hold off on my normal reaction and instead focus on something else. I asked him the following question: “What do you notice about the times you get very good grades?”. He asked what I meant. I explained a little more, “What kinds of things do you do to get good grades?”.
We talked for about an hour on the few common actions he takes that have produced great performance. For example, he did a written assignment a few weeks ago that earned a 95. He explained that he did the following on that assignment:
– wrote neatly
– checked for spelling, periods and commas
– checked for missing words (when he writes, he sometimes leaves out words on the page even though he’s thinking them).
– added a little extra detail
So, this morning, we created a pilot’s checklist that included the items above. He decorated it with pictures of planes and at the bottom he wrote: “Ready for Takeoff”. He is going to use this checklist to remind him to do that things that produce good grades.
Zack loves planes and it’s always something that grabs his attention.
So, this got me thinking. What is my personal checklist for the day? What kinds of things should I remind myself to do each day? What should yours be?
Here is what I’m thinking for me:
1. Did you take at least one step towards achieving your goals today (ok, that’s a gimme since I’m hard wired on that one).
2. Did you find a way to help someone achieve thier goals today?
3. Did you use one of your strengths today (more on that later).
Think about something simple…something aligned with one of your goals. Put it somewhere where you can use it (Zack put his on the front of his school binder).
If you are in Billing, you could have a couple of things you must do to produce accurate billing. If you are in Sales, you could have a reminder to make a couple of follow up calls. If you are in ops, you could have something about housekeeping. It doesn’t have to be complicated.