Check lists can help to increase your awareness of the necessary steps for completing a task. While it you may initially require the use of a check-list to help prompt you to think about those steps, you may "internalize" this process over-time. For example, consider ____________. Or even young children may talk to themselves out-loud when they are first learning how to tie their own shoes. Rarely do we meet an adult who still speaks out the steps though.. so this must mean that somewhere between childhood and adulthood we internalized this process and no longer need to lean on that crutch. Check-lists can work much the same. Here are a few examples.
Clearly, you will need to create one that work and fits to your current situation and needs.