About Listful Thinking
A self-described glazomaniac, or list-lover, Paula Rizzo teaches all the tools and tricks she knows about lists and how they can help you manage your life in the new Listful Thinking. What do Madonna, Martha Stewart, John Lennon, Ellen DeGeneres, Ben Franklin, Ronald Reagan, Leonardo DaVinci, Thomas Edison and Johnny Cash have in common? Each is or was a list maker. These successful people along with CEOs and lucrative entrepreneurs all use lists to keep track of their ideas, thoughts and tasks. A recent survey by the career website LinkedIn.com found that 63% of all professionals frequently create to-do lists. Whether or not they use those lists correctly is another story.
Listful Thinking highlights:
• List making will make you more productive and efficient at work and at home
• Give you new strategies and fix bad list-making habits
• You’ll have more time to do the things you really want to do
• Be able to outsource aspects of your life so you won’t have to do everything all the time
• Learn about apps, services and websites to help you keep organized
• Give better gifts, throw better parties and be more engaged because you’ll have the time
• Be less stressed
Broadcast journalist Paula Rizzo is the senior health producer for Fox News Channel in New York City and founder of ListProducer.com. An Emmy Award winner, she attributes much of her success to her compulsive list making.
Mom Maven’s Thoughts
Listful Thinking was an easy read, I read it in under 2 hours. I am a list maker so I didn’t need all of the time she spent encouraging her reader to become a list maker. She also spends a lot of time, especially at the beginning of the book bowing down to Oprah and since I am not an Oprah fan at all I was personally a bit put off by all of the author’s adoration.
Chapter 2 is where the author starts really discussing the different types of lists and chapter 3 is the “how-to” make a list chapter. Again, I guess these are good chapters for non-list makers but I found the author to repeat herself often and not really give me any of the meat I was looking for. The next three chapters cover using lists at work, at home and to manage your lifestyle. These chapters are a little meatier but not what I personally was looking for when I agreed to read this book. Chapter 7 is all about outsourcing. I am the queen of delegating, just as my family 🙂 Unfortunately, while I agree with her stance on outsourcing, it does come with a price tag and until I am making more than $20-200 a month I cannot take her advice. She also suggests using unpaid interns but, as we have seen recently in the news, most interns need to be paid at least minimum wage-unless they meet all six criteria listed by the US Department of Labor. Personally, this is a sticky situation I would not personally want to get caught up in. Chapter 8 deals with apps. Apps for listmaking. There are many apps out there and the author pushes Evernote, which is one of my favorites too. She lists several apps that I have never heard of so I’ll be checking some of those out in the near future.
Who Should Read This Book
- If you want to be more productive and have less stress
- If you do not live with lists for just about every area of your life
- If you want to learn to make better use of the lists you make