How do I become a more careful, detail-oriented person
February 6, 2006 8:35 AM Subscribe
How can I become a more careful, detail-oriented person? (more inside)
posted by bananafish to Work & Money (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
This is something that I've struggled with my whole life. It causes problems in both my personal and professional lives. I seem to get the big picture, but miss the little things and that can cause havoc. A good example: in college I filled out the financial aid form in the space where the financial aid office was supposed to fill it out. I was almost brought up on honor code charges for this (thankfully a kind assistant dean realized that I had just made a mistake and hadn't been trying to swindle the loan company). I've made other similar mistakes in terms of paying attention to instructions and being careful about small details. In my personal life, I tend to lose things: keys, glasses, etc.
Jobs often require you to be "detail-oriented." How do you acquire this skill if you didn't come by it innately? Personal stories as well as reference to helpful books are welcome.