This week at the business coaching HQ Thrivetime Show I learned more about checklists. Checklists are important and necessary to the successful functioning of any business. The industry of the business does not matter when it comes to checklists. All businesses have tasks that must be completed in order for the product or service to be sold to product happy customers. Having accessible, actionable steps written or typed down in a central area eliminates many possible hiccups that have (and definitely will again) no impact. Then it is imperative to getting each staining step When there are systems to take place the place where the ball is being dropped definitely has
It is imperative to create checklists for each area of the business where the ball is dropped constantly and things don’t get done.
If you have a box making company, there will be a system for making the box, a system for selling the boxes, and a system for training people to make the boxes. Owning a sandwich shop is no different, there is a system for making the sandwiches, selling the sandwiches, and a system for training people to make sandwiches. Pilots have a system for flying the airplane, a system for selling seats to people, and don’t forget, a system to train other pilots to fly the plane.
Checklists document the systems needed to function. It is imperative to create checklists for each area of the business where the ball is dropped constantly and things don’t get done. A list of tasks to be completed on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis can all be divided into 3 checklists. This may sound more complicated however simply having a list to check off each item saves hours and ensures necessary tasks get completed. A sandwich without the bread or gym memberships with no gym equipment would create problems for all business owners.
Creating systems and processes for the business may seem like a daunting task, however, it is actually only as difficult as blocking out time to sit down. Once the business owner has blocked out time for the specific task at hand it is easier to focus on the objective. Make a list of actions needed to get done in the business each and every day. Once the actions are down on paper it is then time to save the checklists in an easily accessible spot. The pickup and drop off of checklists should be in a central location.
Checklists are one of the many important steps on the business coaching path up to time and financial freedom. Many business coaching clients or owners prefer to stay working in the business instead of on the business. Once checklists have been typed, printed, & delegates to a team member the business’ owners time opens up immensely. This is because all of the core tasks can be passed on to an employee to fulfill. The best part of the checklist is the accountability aspect, when a checklist has not been completed is nine out of ten times the reason for problems with products and service. Do yourself a huge favor and check out the reviews to see the team is doing and what can be improved on.