Anyone who’s spent any time in the cockpit of an airplane knows that pilots use several tools which are very low tech but essential. Checklists. There are the Preflight Checklist, the Engine Start Checklist, the Run Up, Taxi, Pre-Take Off, Climb Out, Cruise Flight, Approach and many other checklists always within the pilot’s reach.
When asked why they have all these, one pilot answered “So I don’t have to remember what to do, especially in stress-filled situations.”
We all experience stress now and then. During those times it’s easy to forget some important basics. We neglect to take the toothbrush on vacation because we were packing in a hurry. We hang up the phone and realize we didn’t ask for the prospect’s e-mail address. A friend’s birthday comes and goes without our sending a card.
In all these cases, a simple checklist could help. They’re extremely valuable to business productivity and personal development as well.
Take a lesson from a very critical and potentially stressful profession and think about what checklists might be beneficial in your unique circumstances. Your life will fly higher as a result.
The above is used by permission from the book Three Years Of Tuesday Mornings: 156 e-mails about business and life by Steve Fales.