Check Yourself, Before You Cost Yourself 2

“I’m an innovative young professional mindful of time management, aquatic conservation and awareness; I integrate basic methods, proper planning, and eco-friendly ideologies to help reduce day to day costs.”

Checklists are a great supporting element to proper planning. They can used be in your personal life, applied in the business environment, and ultimately used to reduce costs.  Yes, reduce costs…Simple mistakes in a business environment can be costly. To help apply this to your life, here is my four step method to a great check list.  

Step One:

Brainstorm, What do you need to get accomplished? It can be broken down into daily events, weekly, and monthly, etc.    

Step Two:

When does it need to get accomplished by? When applied to a daily checklist, it’s a great tool to help with time management.  Time blocks can be easily identified, events prioritized, and specific tasks can be delegated to team members.       

Step Three:

Calendar your events. I’ve found a basic checklist works best for me, but there are no limitations. Calendar events using boxed bullet points, this is important. I’ve also transposed lists onto my personal printed calendar. Accordingly, as a Marine, checklists were a great tool to keep team members informed and on track.  

Step Four:

My favorite step, check the box after you’re done.  It creates a sense of accomplishment, simple mistakes are avoided, and there’s instant piece of mind.

In turn, I believe proper planning and time management are key elements to success. After recently reviewing PickensPlan, proper planning and basic implementation methods can be applied to eco-friendly ideologies to help reduce costs. I especially like his “pillar” aimed at increasing wind and solar power capacities, while focusing on new job creation.

My focus is on water conservation and awareness. Why? Although, 70% of the world’s surface is covered by water (PADI), only 3% is readily available fresh water (U.S. Geological Survey). The world’s supply of fresh water has been steadily declining; thus, conservation and awareness are needed to help sustain this limited renewable natural resource. Want to save money in the process? Check out these water conservation tips from National Geographic. Join me and let’s use conservation to move forward.


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