October 30: Checklists Day

Did you know there’s an entire holiday devoted to the glorious checklist! Yes! There is a holiday for those of us who write down what we’ve already done for the joy of crossing it off!

DC10Checklist, image credit JankeOne of the best known checklists, and the inspiration for today’s holiday, originated because of a plane crash on October 30, 1935. A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress never made it off the ground, due to pilot error – a gust lock was still engaged. In response, a group of pilots gathered and created a pre-flight checklist to prevent this type of catastrophe.

Today, checklists abound (See checklists.com if you don’t believe me!), and I love it. It seems to me that clears up brain space for other things, less easily added to a checklist, and, believe me, my brain space is at a premium!

“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God.”

Numbers 15:38-40

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3 responses to “October 30: Checklists Day

  1. Dad would love this

  2. I love your verse today! I never thought about it as a checklist, but if not a checklist, it’s perhaps the original ‘tie a string around your finger’ memory aide.

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