10 amazing ways checklists can make you more confident
Standing at the front of a room full of people, the screen went blank as the laptop died mid-presentation. With a strange metallic taste in my mouth and my cheeks slowly turning pink, I realized I’d forgotten to bring the power cord.
Embarrassing, oh yes.
Confident women are organized. They ooze with control, manage to get lots done in a short amount of time, and never forget their power cords.
They adopt tools that can help them. Checklists are one of those simple yet helpful tools.
Think of a checklist as a supercharged to-do list. It’s like Popeye on spinach, boosted by due dates, deadlines, and sequences.
So wave goodbye to having to remember everything in your head.
10 Amazing Ways Checklists Can Make You More Confident
1. An aide memoir.
Sometimes, even the simplest things can be easily missed.
2. Creates a Logical Sequence
Logical sequences give the right order to do things. It provides a flow. Working in an open-plan office is distracting. There is always someone begging for attention or general loud noises.
Trying to get back into what you’re doing is challenging. With a checklist, pick up where you left off and get back into the swing of things.
3. Records each step
A checklist prevents you from skipping steps and potentially doing something wrong. How often have you spent a lot of time doing something, only to discover you have missed an important element out? *sigh* It happens to the best of us.
4. Flexible And Easy To Review
A checklist can be easily adapted as you improve your processes. Keep it up to date as circumstances change. You will enjoy that feeling of being in control.
5. Kills procrastination stone dead like a Dodo
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when juggling lots of plates. If, like me, you tend to procrastinate, you’ll know that putting things off has a nasty habit of coming back to bite you in the bum. A checklist breaks big tasks into manageable steps
6. Prevents mistakes
Why do we fear to make mistakes? It’s not just the embarrassment, but a fear of failure. A checklist means that you don’t worry about what you are doing. It is a tried and tested methodology. With the power cord, I felt embarrassed but also concerned that the people in the room would think me disorganized or worse ‘flaky.’
7. Increases efficiency
Not only can you move through the process quickly, it means you get things right first time without having to go back and correct yourself.
8. Time Saver
An automatic process saves time. You don’t have to think about what you are doing. You want to get through tedious tasks as quickly as possible so you can move on to more enjoyable things.
9. Better Results And More Consistency
Imagine the horror of someone being off sick and no-one else knowing how to do a task. With a checklist, anyone can step in. No mounting workload for the person unwell, and no bottleneck for others who rely on the action.
10. Reduces Stress.
Checklists ‘‘enhance personal productivity and relieves mental pressure’.
A definite win.
Checklists can be set up in advance and referred back to often. David Allen wrote in Getting Things Done. We cannot remember everything in our heads. Checklists mean that you can entrust jobs to your ‘external mind.’
You are now in total control. Your checklist has made you confident
Do Checklists Matter?
Humble in nature they may be, but you can create a checklist for just about anything.
I’ve worked in several start-up operations where speed is of the essence in getting things done. Checklists were a life-saver.
In some industries checklists are literally a matter of life and death.
In his book, The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande shares how the introduction of a simple 5-step checklist for surgeons saved people’s lives.
It reminded the surgeons to follow the process of surgical hygiene before operating on someone.
Checklists are a great tool. They build competence and make you more confident.
- get more done,
- in less time and
- never forget your powercord
So wave goodbye to having to remember everything in your head. Your checklist is the key to your confidence.