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There are many ways to keep a checklist.

  • Using a checklist as a to-do list for the day.
  • Using a checklist to maintain a routine.

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You think of all the things you want to do in the day, and you write them into a list. As you do them, you check them off.

Strengths of checklists:

  • You can see clearly what has been hit, and what is missing.
  • You don't have to ask: "What's next," when you're on a roll.

Weaknesses of checklists:

  • There's a notion that you have to check off all thing things present. You can lose a sense of priority, while looking at a checklist.
  • You can lose sight of "the whole" while looking at the parts.
  • Mistaking the map for the territory. A given task may actually be 30 tasks, and you just don't see it, because you didn't think to write it. You make an estimate based on what you see on the list, and it feels objective because of what's on the list, but it's actually all just a figment of your imagination.

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