The Power of Checklists

If there were a list of things that make me more comfortable, lists would be on the top of that list.

– Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

Anyone else relates to this? I know that I can. Humans have a tendency to complicate things. We are complex human beings, it’s in our nature. And while this system of checklists is nothing new to us, I have lately discovered its efficiency. Since the last couple of years, I have developed this idea of making a list of things for almost every processes that I have to undertake. Be it a simple shopping list, or a study plan or even my morning/evening routine, checklists have become a vital part in my day to day life. A checklist is a simple yet powerful tool to manage our time and keep our life simple and organised. And it is a no-brainer to acknowledge that I am more at ease when I have a list to refer to, in order to gain a semblance of control in my life.

Author Greg McKeown talks about removing the “cognitive pressure” by embracing the concept of checklists. The mind is a very delicate place. With constant reminders to store, even the smallest of information can actually be exhausting to the mind. The checklist concept acts a life-saver in this case. Checklists are useful in enhancing our brains to free up some space for more important and significant works.

The mind is good for so many things but it’s a bad office.

Greg McKeown

The power of checklists became evident to me in 2018, when I was planning for a vacation with some of my friends. I made a ‘Travel Checklist’ in my notebook and used it during my vacation. It did not only help me be less frantic about forgetting something while packing every time I left for a new destination, but it also gave me a sense of calm, peace and control.

So, take a look at your life, observe the areas and moments where a checklist can be beneficial to you and then take the effort to make one. Once, you have done that, give it a try and see how such a simple thing can be so effective!


Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

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