I used to be a passionate glider pilot; a very unusual hobby. I still remember how I had to go through the same checklist over and over again before every take-off. Every time, I ticked off the same things that I knew well. But this procedure was crucial to ensure a flight without any complications. For example, it was impossible to take off with an incorrect altimeter setting.
Such checklists are essential in aviation because the safety of the entire flight depends on it. Nowadays, they are used at many workplaces and in numerous industries. They are also often recommended for private use – for example, prior to a trip. Why? What are its advantages?
- They are very well suited for repetitive tasks.
- They make workflows transparent.
- They ensure that no task is overlooked.
- They reduce the error rate.
- They support a well-structured way of working.
- They reduce time and help to make work more efficient.
- They guarantee a specified quality.
- They provide documentation expertise.
- They enable the performance of specific tasks.
- They promote the training of new employees.
- They simplify the execution of tasks that are performed infrequently.
These examples may make it clear: checklists prove to be useful in many ways. When you pack your suitcase, a checklist reminds you to pack your toothbrush. If you are preparing for a work meeting, checklists ensure that preparations for the meeting are done quickly. Even when making an important decision – for example, a major investment – checklists will help you determine whether all the required criteria were considered and met.
Always keep your checklists up to date. In some cases, it can be useful to create checklists in the form of videos combined with screenshots and narration.
Store checklists in a commonly accessible folder, for example on Evernote or OneNote.
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