there are other ways to remember stuff.
in aviation lots of acronyms are used.
example is CIGARS for a pre-take off:
C: controls free and correct
I: instruments set, compass dialed in etc.
G: Gas on proper tanks, boosters on etc.
A: Attitude (set trims and take off flaps if required)
R: Run up (set brakes, run engine(s) up to preset rpm and verify oil pressure etc)
S: Seat belts (check belts are on your pax and inform them emergency escape route)
you could easily adapt to someting similar for boating (for those non lists folks out there).
My issues don't seem related to leaving the slip, but when I return, I'm often distracted or late in considering all the factors affecting a smooth docking.*
After returning to my covered slip a couple of times and forgetting to lower the antennas (whack-whack....WTF???), I came up with the following to help me consider the essentials:
F enders out or ready
A ntennas Down (if needed)
W ind considered
L ines ready
T ide/current considered
S ecurity/Safety of people and items, Special considerations
I call it my "no FAWLTS" reminder.*
I do have a briefing card that I recently prepared for passengers.* I got much of the info from another forum, but tailored it to my vessel.* It gives a little history and information about the vessel and outlines some basic safety info.* An added benefit is that it keeps the pax occupied while*I ready the ship without distraction.* I find that I do better when I always do it the same way each time.* If I deviate from the standard approach, it jumps right out at me.* When I'm distracted by conversation, I tend to overlook items.