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Are You A Checklist Person?

Wong Shu Lee  


  October 30, 2021

The more complex our lives get, the easier it is to make mistakes. Mobile phone has helped us to get things done faster and smarter, but it also causes distractions. 


For instance, when you’re about to draft an important email, a notification from WhatsApp popped up. After you replied the WhatsApp message, you moved on to do other tasks and totally forget that you were supposed to send an email. 


That is why, it is very important to keep a checklist — a humble yet innovative tool that has stood the test of time. 


Without checklists, we can feel like we’re juggling a bunch of balls in the air and trying to keep them from dropping. Even the simple things can be forgotten or go unnoticed — let alone the difficult or complex things that fill our day. 


Although success in any endeavor is not guaranteed, armed with an organized checklist, you stand a better chance of achieving your goals. Here are some benefits of keeping a checklist: 

#1 It keeps you organized


Do you have a truckload of things to do and you don’t know where to start? First things first with a checklist. This will help you organize your thoughts and your tasks.


#2 It makes things visual


Putting all your tasks down in your checklist will help you see what you need to get done in its entirety. In case you forget anything, you have a visual reminder. Consider color-coding your list.


#3 It brings a sense of accomplishment


It feels amazing to check off each completed task. When you do the hard tasks first, for the rest of the day, all your remaining tasks seem easier.


Do you know? The invention of checklist was not meant for work purpose, but for the need to keep pilots safe during WWII. 


The first checklist resulted from a crash that injured several people, killing at least two on a Boeing Model 299 B-17 plane in 1935. The 299 was heralded as the most state-of-the-art aircraft at the time. During the post-crash investigation, Boeing discovered that the pilot had forgotten to do a simple task — turn off the elevator lock. This simple omission caused the aircraft not to respond to pitch control, leaving the plane vulnerable. 


According to a report by two university professors in a 1990 study, cockpit checklists serve several key functions in aviation safety, “… to ensure that the crew will properly configure the airplane for any given segment of flight” and to create “…standardization in the cockpit.” Also, memory of the safety procedures can never take the place of the actual checklist in aviation. 


So, if a checklist can keep us flying safely in the air, what better way to keep our lives organized and running smoothly on the ground? Now, let’s grab a pen and paper or your smartphone to start making checklist! 


Source of information: https://nationaltoday.com/national-checklist-day/


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