52 – Checklists – The Secret To Optimal Productivity in Lifestyle, Career and Business

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In this inbetweenisode, I share the power of checklists! Checklists are often overlooked due to their simplicity. However, with today’s information overwhelm, it’s never been a better time to create checklists for all of those repetitive tasks. This removes the need to remember all of the to-dos within a project and increases accuracy and effectiveness.

In this podcast, I forgot to mention how my buddy, Tom Church, first inspired me to use checklists. You can listen to my interview with Life Hacker and Latestdeals.co.uk co-founder, Tom Church, here.

In this podcast, I talk about:

  • Why checklists are super handy!
  • How I use checklists in my own life
  • How checklists have been incredibly helpful in my full-time job and business

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Show notes

  • Lawrence’s current lifestyle [3:30]
  • Why are checklists important? [5:15]
  • What is a checklist? [6:40]
  • Lawrence’s travel checklist [6:50]
  • Checklists for repetitive corporate processes and sales tasks [8:20]
  • The checklists I rely on for my blog and podcast [11:03]
  • The impact that using checklists and outsourcing has had on my business and my lifestyle [13:50]

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Example checklists (a peek inside the machine!)

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2-day trip to Portsmouth, UK

  • Phone/laptop charger
  • Laptop?
  • Wallet
  • Phone
  • Kindle/Kindle charger
  • Keys & Portsmouth house keys
  • 2 x boxers and socks
  • Belt
  • 1 x Trousers/shorts
  • 2 x T-Shirts
  • 1 x morning PJs
  • Toothbrush, soap, toothpaste, moisturiser, ear buds, razor, floss
  • ALA, CQ, Creatine w/ shaker
  • Sleep master

Let me know how you think I can improve these checklists!

Comments 2

  • If you’re an iPhone guy, Lawrence, you should check out the app called ‘Productive.’

    It’s great for those recurring habits you do day to do that are important to your outcomes.

    I use it, and urge my clients to as well. Wide range of application, and built in adherence tracking.

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