Making Checklists Work for You[break][/break]
Check it off your list and you will see order in your life. I love checklists. When I haven’t done something before, a detailed checklist is amazing. More importantly, though, when I want to make sure that certain tasks are done daily, weekly, or monthly, charts can be a lifesaver. They also come in handy when you need a task done in an orderly manner so that nothing gets forgotten.
The good news is that making checklists is the easy part. Making checklists work for you is the important part.
Take just a few steps and you can make lists work for you.
- What the worst case scenario if this task were not completed?
- Is there a time frame? If so, keep that in mind when creating your list.
- Who am I going to assign this task to? Are they dependable?
- Does this need to be done daily, weekly, monthly, or annually?
- Can you count on whoever you assign this to?
Helpful Hints for Making Checklists [break][/break]
How can you make checklists work for you? Some helpful hints include:
Brainstorm. Sit down with a paper and pencil, or at your computer, and write down everything that needs to be done in a particular task. Leave nothing out unless you want it forgotten.
Prioritize. Take the ideas you have just written and place it in the order that it must be accomplished for the task to flow smoothly. Assign.
Assign. Assign to whoever you are certain will get it done. If you have the time and love the task, assign it to you. If not, assign it to your online administrative assistant.
Implement. All of the lists in the world will not help if you fail to implement that list. If you have created the list for yourself, be sure to follow through. If you have created the list for your assistant, be sure that they follow through.
If this is an online list, take a minute and add links to any websites or login pages that need to be visited when checking off the list. Schedule deadlines as some will wait until the last minute to finish the assignment. Therefore, it might be best to make the deadline a few days earlier than you might otherwise have wanted. It gives you a buffer zone.
Don’t be addicted to making lists unless you are the type to follow through. Making lists is the easy part. Following through is the hard part. If you can delegate or outsource this task, and you know you don’t have the time, delegate. There is virtual support available.
I’ve created most of this post to show you how easy it is to make a list. Making lists work for you is the easy part. Implementing your list takes a bit of organization, but it’s very achievable. You’ll be glad that you did.