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Making Checklists

You want to create checklists for systematic tasks.

Write down the process from start to finish as you remember it . Assume you’re creating a workflow for someone who knows absolutely nothing about the work so it is as simple as possible. This will force you to think of all the steps that you need to complete for each activity.

Review and update:

  • Eliminate . Remove unnecessary information. The flow should be as simple as possible
  • Add detail . Some steps might require a more thorough description.
  • Simplify . A checklist should be simple and easy to follow
  • Reorder . Shuffle things around if it makes more sense

Testing your checklist in the real world is a fundamental step, no matter how careful you were writing it.


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Bennefits of checklists

Using checklists will improve your work and increase your productivity. No more wasted time trying to remember what to do next.

Start using checklists and you will have all these bonus side effects:

  • Organization. By making sure you’re not skippin...


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To do lists

To do lists

Oftentimes, to-do lists are disguised as bad checklists.

This is not a checklist. This is a to-do list with checkboxes.


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Good checklist

In general, a good checklist is:

  • Precise
  • Efficient
  • To the point
  • Easy to Use
  • Simple (just enough)

On the other hand, bad checklists are:

  • Vague
  • Imprecise
  • Long
  • Impractical
  • ...


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Use a checklist

You can choose between 2 methods of checklist utilization :

  • Do-Confirm. Performing the task by memory and experience and then stop to read and confirm with the checklist
  • Read-Do. Performing the task while checking the checklist...


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