In MasterList Professional, you can find, create and assign a
Checklist to a Task. Checklists are stored in Rich Text Format – a common
format to nearly all word processors and many other types of programs. So, you
can import a Microsoft Word document you saved in Word as an RTF document or
even easier, copy and paste from Word into a Checklist.
Why bother? Well for simple, single one-step Tasks like
“send in Timecard for this week” or “buy more Peet’s Coffee”, there’s no need
for a checklist.
However, for every 3 or four simple tasks which don’t need
Checklists, there’s going to be one that does, like:
- “Prepare quarterly staff evaluations using HR-approved methodology”
- “Shop for a new laptop and a new laptop vendor”
- “Assemble and prepare my individual tax return”
- “Review and comment on latest new product marketing rollout plan”
- “Install, setup and deploy new web server”
What these tasks have in common is that they all require
multiple steps, take hours or days to do, and aren’t done every day of every
workweek. And they tend to be precisely the tasks which matter the most,
benefit the most from an organized approach, an can best get done with Task
With Checklists in MasterList Professional you could for
- Copy from HR’s document and then paste into a Checklist the do’s and don’ts to follow.
- Put together what you want and don’t from your next laptop and vendor.
- Start a checklist as you work through commenting on the market plan, then expand and improve the checklist with each marketing plan review.
When MasterList Professional releases, you’ll also be able
to search www.safarisoftware.com
for checklists posted by other MasterList Professional owners. Since you can
assign keywords to checklists, you’ll be able to find checklists by keywords
like “HR”, “review”, “web server”. Posting checklists from MasterList will be a
one or two click matter. You can also export or import Checklist files.
By the way, that fast Checklist posting feature won’t be
limited to www.safarisoftware.com.
You will be able to pick whatever web server you want to that is set up as a
So why use Checklists? The bottom line is that for complex
tasks – especially if you can start with someone else’s Checklist – it’s a way
to getting things done better. And that’s why I wrote MasterList Professional.