Use checklists to save time

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Checklists are one of aviation’s gifts to culture and getting things done. 

               Who hasn’t made a checklist at one time or another?    Some free styling personalities resist using them, but if you are truly serious about getting something important done safely and completely, you need to use checklists.

     Checklists are to actions what blueprints are to engineering.    They can be broad outlines, or a very long series of specific, detailed steps.    Broad checklists can have sublists too.

       Pilots of large aircraft have checklists that are like books.   It can be very humbling to use a checklist because it forces your attention, reminds us that a short pencil is better than a long memory.


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