There are many things you can make a checklist for, but there are a few simple thoughts to keep in mind when preparing one. In essence making a checklist is easy – you list things and can be done with it, but a well thought through checklist requires just a tiny bit more.
First things first – it all should be considered and prepared as a flow – a flow of process or activities logically grouped and listed. A good checklist enables you to meet deadlines and plan timely, so for an example, it must have things that require additional information from someone else or any prerequisite documents, information obtained as soon as possible, listed as first things that need to be done. For the checklist to be a tool, it requires for it to be logical and reflect the process’ natural course.
There are quite a few checklists out there for various things. But why would someone want a checklist when they know what they have to do by heart and everything is so in routine for them anyway? Because what a checklist in essence is, it is a list of things one should do and you can check things that are done thus enabling you to see actions still need to be taken.
Why? Just because of the very same reason. If there are things in routine, you’re bound to forget some of them. A good and well thought through checklist ensures that you can manage your time better, prioritize your time on right things, have all prerequisite information already at hand, prepare needed documents sooner rather than later, appreciate others’ time and workload planning their resources timely, meet all reporting deadlines and requirements, etc.