What is a Checklist and Why Do We Need Them?
Checklists are an indispensable part of our daily routine and could vary from a simple to-do list to complex ones such as Apollo 16 launch checklist. At times, we don’t even think of checklists as checklists; consider your ‘cell phone, wallet, key’ mental check before leaving home, it’s a 3-step checklist to ensure you’re not forgetting anything. When you take your car for an oil change, the mechanic performs a checklist to make sure it’s in proper operating condition. The construction industry uses checklists to manage schedules and commissioning. Pilots and maintenance crew use checklists before every flight to make sure the aircraft is safe to fly. The examples are endless, both personal and work life.
Checklists Reduce Errors
So, what exactly is a checklist and why do we need them? In simple terms, a checklist is a list of things that need to be done. A good checklist specifies detailed instructions and has mechanisms to document the outcome of every task. Checklists reduce errors by giving you instructions on what to do and how to do it. You don’t have to rely on your memory to remember and retain sequential steps to perform a task. There’s a reason I always carry a shopping list to the grocery store, even if it is 3 items.
Checklists Improve Productivity and Efficiency
Checklists bring consistency and standardization in work performed. Step-by-step instructions ensure everybody is singing from the same hymn book, which improves the planning and outcomes. By using checklists, you can improve your productivity and efficiency as people get better doing the same tasks over and over again.
Chekhub’s digital checklist module provides users the ability to create simple, step-by-step instructions for any process or procedure. Checklists can be created on the web or from the mobile app. You can add clarity to the instruction by adding pictures, videos, and text explaining what needs to be done. Our proprietary methods add accountability to the work performed by gathering responses and feedback from technicians as they perform a task. You can validate the work performed by user input in text, numeric inputs, pictures and video format. Using our embedded tools, your team can collaborate on checklists and quickly resolve any roadblocks and issues.