Basic GTD: Checklists
Checklists are organizational elements with infinite possibilities. They allow you to specify repetitive tasks in such detail that you do not forget anything, they document tasks so you can delegate or automate them, they help you easily review projects, goals, etc.
They can also be used as reminders to think about things you care about—usually related to your areas of responsibility—, from time to time:
- Am I doing enough exercise?
- Am I eating in a healthier way?
- Do I spend enough time with my family?
Probably, every time you check one of these points, you will need to create new projects and actions to put one or more areas back on the right track.
The less familiar you are with a particular type of work, the more important it is to keep a checklist to guide you.
Some checklists, like the one in the example above, are permanent, and others are temporary so that you can get rid of them once you have internalized the job.
Checklists are an excellent productivity tool, so lean on them when you are in a complicated situation. Create all the checklists you need, at all levels.