Podcast #139 - With Dan Havey of Easy Checklist ABC


Episode 139


In Episode #139 Ari speaks with Dan Havey, the CEO and Founder of Easy Checklist ABC. During the conversation, Dan and Ari talk about processes, checklists and how the proper implementation of both can lead to a lifetime of tangible success.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

15:38 – Introduction of Dan Havey 15:52 – Dan explicitly defines what Easy Checklist ABC is 16:20 – When Dan created Checklist ABC, he was trying to bring the effectiveness of checklists into the Accounting space…specifically improve upon the native software that the industry has used for YEARS 19:40 – Though individual accounting firms have individual needs, there are pre-existing templates and requirements that EVERY accounting firm has to deal with—Checklist ABC provides a reliant, consistent way to do the unique or universal 21:10 – Processes and checklists are awesome, but most people don’t even realize the steps required 21:40 – How Dan looks at systems and processes 22:00 – You could create a checklist for something as simple as a cup of coffee…seriously 22:47 – The best approach for any process or checklist is to START SOMEWHERE 23:20 – Discipline is the key to success 23:39 – Mimic successful people or organizations—They are ALWAYS process driven 24:50 – Granularity is GOOD…it helps us identify where efficiency is needed. 27:30 – When people have to make a decision in REAL time—unwanted stress is the end result 31:00 – Applying Easy Checklist ABC to Dan’s personal life 31:25 – Easy Checklist ABC isn’t trying to be an anything for everyone solution…it is best suited for small businesses and small business accounting firms at that 33:20 – Dan’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective: 33:35 – Plan and visualize (2 in 1) 34:45 – Only dedicate a specific amount of time to complete something 35:55 – EasyChecklistABC.com

7 Key Points:

Value your time—dedicate finite amounts of time for each task. Process and checklists are immensely valuable and constantly overlooked. The best approach to any task is simply to start—getting underway is the hardest part. Discipline leads to success. Mimic those who have achieved success and you will find it. Don’t try and be a Jack-Of-All-Trades. Visualize, visualize, visualize!

Resources Mentioned:

AlphaBetter – A standing desk for kids in school Easy Checklist ABC – Dan Havey’s creation SpaceProb.ES – A site that shows almost every single space probe launched from earth into the Solar System AirCall – Cloud-based phone support Good Emotional Hygiene – LifeHacker article talking about the importance of emotional health AppMachine – Custom and automated app creation for website operators Personal Kaban – Using Kanban as a means of personal improvement via better workflow Stop Finishing Antibiotics – An Australian professor who argues for the early termination of antibiotic prescriptions YouTube Millions – Disney Collector—A former porn star is the voice and hands of Disney Collector Gene Mapping and Disease – An article from Healthday about Epigenomes CalvinApp.com – Nick’s new scheduling app


Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi