Listful Thinking by Paula Rizzo
Publisher: Viva Editions
Publication Date: 2014
From the publisher:
The One Secret of Highly Successful People: List Making
What do Sir Richard Branson, Martha Stewart, Sheryl Sandberg, Ellen DeGeneres and Madonna have in common? Each is a list maker and history shows us that change creators make their to-do lists and check them often. A recent survey by the career website LinkedIn.com found that 63% of all professionals frequently create to-do lists.
If you’re part of the 37% and feel like you’re chasing your own tail, author Paula Rizzo (ListProducer.com), a top national TV producer, delivers the solution. You can still find time to relax, read a good book, enjoy your hobby and do the things you love. Listful Thinking shares secrets, time-saving tips and the fine art of getting it done.
As a devoted list maker the idea of this book appealed to me. I knew that it wasn’t a book that would change my thinking because list making is already part of my organization and planning. Do I think this book would change the thinking of someone who was not already a list maker? Nope.
I was hoping that I might get some ideas for different ways to organize and use lists but there really wasn’t much of that either. Rizzo gives examples of ways she uses lists but it’s nothing new for me.
She also discusses digital list making applications and programs. She’s a big proponent of Evernote. I like Evernote but because I cannot easily use it from my work computer it’s not something I can fully embrace as an easy part of my daily routine.
My concern with her chapter about technology is that it will likely soon be out of date.
This was a quick read but certainly not a book that will convert someone who is not a list maker into a devotee. For folks who are already chronic list makers it really doesn’t offer anything new.