Breaking a run of small screwups
June 2, 2011 11:21 PM Subscribe
If I have made a mistake at work (or in general), I am much, much more likely to make another mistake soon afterwards. How can I get focused and correct a problem without making yet more mistakes?
posted by Elysum to work & money (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
If I've made a mistake, I'm probably in the kind of mental space where I'm likely to make more mistakes, and all too often this leads to a chain of ever-increasing mini-disasters!
Even if they are small problems, professionally, it makes me look stupid. Making more errors is exactly what I don't need when I'm trying to correct a problem I've caused.
This has happened to me all afternoon - the final straw was when I was so worried about making a typo in the instructions to fix the relatively small problem... I stopped. Yep. Took a break and ate some food. Copied the commands I needed to run into a list in a text file, carefully went over and proofed them, then pasted them in...
and yet still ended up pasting one of the 4 commands in twice, and screwed it up further.
How do you nip a chain of screw-ups in the bud? Especially when you've got to do complicated steps to fix them?