Santa is not the only one making a list this time of year – I’m a list-making fiend! I’m busier than ever right now. We’re all busy – at no time more than during the hectic holiday season! There is too much to do, and definitely too much to read. Getting it all done and retaining your sanity as well as carving out some all-important personal and family time is a challenge for every successful business owner and salesperson.
Personally, I use the simplicity of checklists to give me my morning directions, keep me on task and get me focused on what needs to get done – and when. So in addition to my personal checklists to help improve my productivity, I’ve been creating and sharing checklists for small business owners, sales pros and entrepreneurs to help you get sh*t done on Checkli, a checklist creation and sharing site.
Checklists are a way to communicate important information in a memorable, manageable format. Surgeon and author Atul Gawande wrote in his best-selling book The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right
Good checklists, on the other hand are precise. They are efficient, to the point, and easy to use even in the most difficult situations. They do not try to spell out everything–a checklist cannot fly a plane. Instead, they provide reminders of only the most critical and important steps–the ones that even the highly skilled professional using them could miss. Good checklists are, above all, practical.
Benefits of Checklists
The Art of Manliness discussed the power of checklists, and why they are so effective:
- Checklists verify that the necessary minimum gets done.
- Checklists free up mental RAM.
- Checklists instill discipline.
- Checklists save time.
In 2018, over 44,000 people read, saved and downloaded my checklists for small business owners, sales pros and entrepreneurs. Here are my top 5 checklists – but be sure to follow me on Checkli, because I have dozens more checklists that can help you improve your productivity, make sure important things get done and help you become more successful.
Anthony Caliendo’s Top 5 Checklists for Small Business Owners, Sales Pros and Entrepreneurs
- How to Evaluate a Business Idea: 25 Point Checklist for Entrepreneurs
- My Top 50 Audiobooks for Entrepreneurs
- The Top 50 Podcasts for Entrepreneurs
- Sales Call Agenda
- 11 New Books for Entrepreneurs, Salespeople and Small Business Owners to Boost Your Business in 2018