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An airplane pilot goes through a pre-flight checklist of things that she must do in order to make sure the plane is in working order before attempting to take off. It minimizes the risk of equipment failure, and gives the pilot the best chance at an incident-free flight.
Checklists aren’t just for pilots, though. Pre-flight checklists can save the average person time, money and effort. Here are three examples.
For those who don’t live out of a suitcase, packing for a trip can be fraught with anxiety. We worry we might have forgotten something important. And most times we do forget things. I remember one trip we took with friends to go skiing in the mountains: our friends forgot to pack winter clothes for their daughter.
The truth is, as long as we pack those things that we cannot replace quickly (mine are my medication and my eyeglasses), we will survive. But it also means time and energy as we try to buy replacements for the things we truly need. I cannot tell you how many times we have had to stop on the way to a camping site because I forgot to pack something like milk or cat litter.
A packing list can save you the aggravation. You make one after coming home from a trip, and the next time you don’t have to think about what to pack, you just follow the list.
Pre-Trip House Preparation
On the other side of the trip, is the preparation we have to do to our homes before we leave. We may forget to do something minor, like set the heat lower, or something more invasive, like forgetting to empty the trash, or something that can lead to invasion, like forgetting to stop the paper.
Have you ever come home to a garbage can full of smelly food? Or a fridge with slimy, moldy veggies? Or even worse, a diaper pail that has sat for a week?
A checklist for home preparation can save all of these aggravations. Having a sliding checklist so you can plug in a date and it will tell you when to do various things is even better, because you might forget to do tasks that are stretched out over a week or so.
Next up is the tasks we do as the planet turns. If you are not responsible for the outside of a dwelling, your tasks would be fewer, but there are still things that have to be done regularly.
If you live in the far north, do you remember to switch your motor oil? Put on snow tires? You don’t want to wait until the sub-zero day with icy roads to remember those.
For most places, you need to bring in or cover furniture, drain hoses and prepare plants for winter.
A checklist can help you through tasks that only need to be done once a week.
Do you use checklists? How and when? Share below.
Photo by Alan Cleaver