Have I mentioned recently that I love checklists? Well, I do!!! (For many of the reasons why, please check out these other posts on the value of creating a utilizing a checklist.)
First, for what activities should you create a checklist? Just about anything that recurs and has multiple steps. For example …
- Create a dinner party
- Plan a work event
- Prepare for vacation
- Sign on a new client
- Back-to-school shopping for the kids
Often, clients will ask, “When should I create a checklist?” Which is quickly followed by, “I just don’t know how I’m going to find the time.”
I agree – in a day filled with tasks, taking time to plan can be difficult. Especially when the checklist you are considering creating doesn’t seem “urgent”, and everything else on your schedule is. (By the way, if you are working day-to-day where every day seems urgent, we need to chat! It’s complimentary and you CAN reduce that stress!)
Anyway, back to the point of this blog.
Taking a moment to create a checklist at the start of the project IS a great idea. It helps to clarify your thoughts, outline your steps, identify resources. However, it probably isn’t realistic. In which case, create the checklist as you go – make note of each step along the way.