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Checklists are used primarily by pilots, surgeons and engineers. But they are also useful for other tasks that are complex or tedious.

In my opinion, every project should have a checklist. I define a project as undertakings that involve more than one task. A checklist helps with the realization of your goals because you work in a more organized and concentrated way.

With a checklist, you know how far you have progressed in the project, which task is next, and you have all the completed steps in front of you as motivation. Nonetheless, sometimes projects have to be cancelled.

In addition, checklists are also suitable for routines that are not complex, but whose individual steps you do not want to forget or skip. For example, I use a checklist for the writing and publishing process of articles on this website so that I don't forget anything important.

Checklists can also be reassuring because you have a plan and know what needs to be done. Especially for people who work better when they have a plan, checklists can provide a sense of security.

Of course, you shouldn't limit yourself to a single course of action, but having a guideline can be helpful.

Give checklists a chance and write down the steps of a routine you do regularly. You'll find that you'll have a better idea of the time and effort involved afterward. Checklists make it easy to implement The Rule of Three.

Plus, opportunities for improvement often stand out when you write down the process. I wrote more about the power of checklists in this article. You should also create a project folder for each project.

Which work processes could be made more efficient if you wrote them down as a checklist?