Tuesday is National Checklist Day, the perfect time to give making checklists a try. Making checklists will not only encourage you to be more organized, but can help you to accomplish more of the things you want to get done.
It doesn’t matter how you create your lists. You can use an app on your smart phone, a sticky note stuck to your computer monitor, a whiteboard on your fridge, or good old pen and paper. The medium that you use isn’t all that important, as long as you can check things off the list or cross them out as you complete them.
3 Strategies for Making Checklists
There are many types of checklists and strategies for using them effectively. Here are three different types of checklists to try:
1) End-of-Day Checklist
Capturing a checklist of all the things that you want to accomplish the following day at the close of your workday or even the night before you go to bed is an effective strategy. Not only does this type of list prevent you from forgetting things that you want to accomplish, but writing things down means that you can clear your mind for a restful sleep. Prioritize your list by putting the things that are most important at the top and check them off or cross them out as you complete them. If you don’t get to every single thing on your list, don’t worry. Just mark the items you don’t get to with a large “M” for “Move” and then move these items to the next day’s checklist.
2) Item Checklist
Item checklists are less task oriented and ideal for shopping and packing. For example, a grocery checklist can help you to remember all the things that you need to pick up when shopping, and a packing checklist can help you to pack the right clothes, accessories, and shoes when traveling on a business trip or taking a vacation.
3) Process Checklist
Process checklists are perfect for tasks that have to be done in the correct order. These are used by the flight crew before your plane takes off, for instance, and by hospital staff before performing surgical procedures. Try using this type of checklist when you need to complete a task that requires a lot of steps or when you have to complete a process that must be completed in multiple increments over an extended period of time.
We Wish You the Best of Luck Making Checklists, Staying Organized, and Being More Productive
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