147: Imaginary checklist

Most of your work likely doesn’t come with a checklist.

But what if it did?

  • What would be on it? Each item would be there for a reason. Pondering these items enables us to cover all the bases when we may otherwise forget.
  • What would your GPA be? How often would you miss items? What categories would they be in? Pondering this shows us where we need to grow.
  • What would you do about it? If we wanted top-marks, we’d need to study where we missed items and commit to doing better in those areas next time.

Great teams often do things that transcend conventional checklists. But by keeping even an imaginary checklist with us as we work, we get through the basics and standards quickly and focus more on what makes our work truly great.

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