If one is brand new to Skritter (it’s how I do 90% of my character writing reviews) I always recommend their suggested Chinese 101 list since it introduced you to simple characters and radicals, and uses those radicals to make new characters.
From there I personally started using the list of the textbook that I was using in class, and study chapter by chapter.
Alternatively, you could try the various HSK lists they have if you’re not using a textbook.
Another option is to study ChinesePod vocab on Skritter. Each lesson we make gets added to their list. For more info on linking the two accounts check out my support article here.
Like you say, I’m a big fan of actually making the list myself because in the process of making it, you are already previewing the material, so when you come to reviewing it, it’s much easier. My current textbook doesn’t have a list on Skritter so i’m in the process of adding each vocab chapter by chapter. When i’m done i’ll publish it to the community
预习 ｜ 預習 ｜ yu4 xi2 | to pre-revise a lesson