It's the little things ... and the pain they bring.
January 3, 2013 9:58 AM Subscribe
I need to get better at being "detail-oriented" ... So far? Not good.
posted by nubianinthedesert to Work & Money (17 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Carelessness, it seems, has been the bane of my educational and professional existence since ... forever. In grade school (Yes, grade school!) I'd get comments on my report card like "Nubianinthedesert is extremely bright and engaged but is often careless with her work." During my first few years as a reporter, I'd often have to call back sources to clarify something he or she said (Usually after having to run a correction previously. Sometimes my fault, sometimes the source "forgetting" what he or she said but still my fault for not be clearer with my question.) I got better at it but was petrified each morning when my story came out that I had forgotten something.
Most recently, I blew a pretty significant deadline at the office (I'm now in corporate America) ... I had it written down on my Outlook calendar but just somehow ... forgot. Often, with projects, I'll get the big picture down and get praise for it but forget a small (but significant to some higher up) detail. I am all but paralyzed now to make presentations because I am sure I'll mess up somewhere. I have a boss who can turn on a dime (You can be a "rock star" in the morning but will be upbraided publicly two hours later) so I can't afford to keep this up.
I don't think this is ADHD. I'm a lifelong dysthymic but I've got it mostly under control. I don't LOVE what I do but it pays the bills and gives me benefits so I tolerate it.
Please help me keep my job.