The “Is It Cabin Fever?” Checklist

Last night we were catching up with Stephen Colbert. His guest was Atul Gawande, author of the Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right. We’d first heard Atul’s story on NPR about 2 years ago, when his research first came out. His book, an excellent read, came out in Dec 2009. It was great to be reminded simple checklists can improve any process, and be a quick way to share helpful information.

This morning we logged on to find Anne Potter’s excellent, and Freshly Pressed, “Don’t Buy That” 6-point list for craft enthusiasts. Who can’t love a helpful, thrifty piece of writing that gives people an excuse to buy more Velveeta? And for those of you who don’t know what Fanny May boxes are, just substitute See’s Candies.

Anne’s piece got us thinking about our current office checklist: the does the dog have acute pancreatitis, again, checklist.

  1. is the dog acting normally?
  2. is the dog eating or drinking?
  3. is the dog vomiting?
  4. is there anything dead in the yard?
  5. is the dead anything partially eaten?
  6. is the dog’s extruded excrement firm or runny?
  7. is the vet open?

Not as much fun as Anne’s list, but it does get everyone out in the fresh air for an hour or so, turning over leaves, including the supposedly sick dog who is now suddenly frisking about without a care in the world.

Hmm, maybe that’s the first question we should put on our list: is it cabin fever?

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