Travel checklists

March 17th, 2010 by Admin

When you travel you are away from most of your resources.    Once you leave home, if you don’t have what you need, your travel will not go well.

That’s why you really need some checklists for traveling,

Here’s a list that we’ll add to over time.  It’s divided up into categories.

Some of these items should be in checked baggage, other things kept with you in a carry on or personal bag.

luggage scale
mem chips
small knife
spork, plastic utensil
zip lock bag/trash bag
comb / brush
dirty clothes bag
extra outfit, socks, underwear
handkerchief / napkin
pain meds.
stretch band
sunglasses / glasses
Documents / money
money belt
passport carrier
plastic page protector
coin container
photo ID / passport
tickets / reservations
contact info
pens / paper
small camera
magazine / book
head set
kindle / DVD

Watch video about what to take when you travel



Be redundant……

October 8th, 2009 by Admin

taking care of business

taking care of business

Use Checklists………   tips on managing activites

Being redundant can save your life.

From the early days of aviationit became obvious that to assure safety, backup systems are necessary.    Even in aviation communication it’s apparent      For example …..” Do you copy ? “  ” readback correct”,  and the process of reading back with words connected to letters ( alpha, bravo, charlie, … zulu.. “)     All of that is to prevent mistakes.

Aircraft typically have 2 spark plugs, 2 batteries, two fuel pumps, and very often, 2 whole engines.   There’s also a co-pilot in many cases.   For instrument flying, there are generally 2 communication radios, two navigation radios, and an ALTERNATIVE airport for landing, plus reserve fuel.    It’s always, check, and re-check.    That’s why flying is still safer than driving.   People are paying attention.

That same approach can be applied to business and personal life management.

If it’s important to get a task done, write it down.   It will help keep you on track.    A short pencil is better than a long memory.     Also, for effective communication about important matters, ask your audience, ” do you understand  ?

Create backup systems for the most important operations in your home and business.

Checklist – business

June 11th, 2009 by Admin

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Flying toward the sun

Flying toward the sun

“A short pencil is better than a long memory”

Ask anyone who is successful in business and they will tell you;  one way or another, you need a PHYSICAL list, of what needs to get done and in what order if you want to make certain something gets done.      In aviation,  that’s a checklist.    Hospital workers use them and so do scuba divers.   Wherever safety is involved, people use checklists.

Certain things must always be on a primary list for any business.

planning and review

file paperwork / tidy office


marketing research

business promotion

expand contactts

build / maintain partner / employee  / supplier relationships

forecasting and testing


Or, from a pilot’s perspective

flight plan filed

clearance and takeoff

heading and course correction, winds


weather and terrain awareness

alternate airports and routes

position check, arrival time estimate

destination, landing.