The power of checklists

This is a tweet from an ACES chat on using checklists when editing.

I’ve been speaking a lot these past few years about the power of checklists.

In 2015, I did a Twitter chat about checklists for ACES, the American Copy Editors Society.

I and my fellow tweeters talked about how checklists help us cope with an overwhelming world by getting “all those things we’ve got to remember” out of our heads and onto paper. How they guide us through complicated tasks. And how they help us remember detailed steps when we’re tired, stressed, or distracted.

They are often our lifeline and help increase the quality and consistency of our work.

Enjoy reading the Storify of this chat and consider adding checklists like our Proposal Editing Checklist into your editing routine. You won’t be sorry.

Samantha Enslen runs Dragonfly Editorial. This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated.

 

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