I use checklists for many things. They are a fun way to keep yourself on track and tend to be treated more formally than a to do list. (Even though they are the same thing.) There are so many ways to customize them, an underline, a bullet, an actual checkbox – diamond – or circle, even a puppy outline can accept the check once a task is completed. The sense of accomplishment can be small or huge depending on how hard it was, how long it took, or how much progress the task provided, real or imagined. 1.Check. 2.CHECK. 3.check.
Check marks move us forward. Onward towards our goals. So, which tasks are to be included? I like to start with the 3 most important tasks of the day. Sometimes they will take all day. Sometimes I get to pick 3 more from my master list. When I am feeling out of synch with the world I sometimes add some silly tasks (4. eat cookies) to the list just so I can check it off the list. If I have a lot of little things to do in a day a formal checklist can keep me focused and running my errands in the most convenient way.
Other uses of checklists are for routine tasks with a lot of steps or information needed for another person to do the task. Think packing list and cat sitter information sheets. “How to” pages around the office can help you remember which steps to do on projects you do far enough apart that something might be overlooked. I have them for end of the month bookkeeping and putting on a workshop.
Try your own today.