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How well do you pay attention to detail?

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2010-09-19 00:43:51

Writing it all down in a safe and reliable place. You never know

what details are important. In fact, the details that you don't

think are important are the ones you are going to forget!

Keep a work or life journal in a spiral or some kind of bound

notebook. Make it a small enough size that you can carry it with

you everywhere. Take notes, write down phone numbers, and create

'to do' lists in its pages. You will find yourself reading through

the last couple pages every so often to make sure you have gotten

everything done or going back a couple weeks to find that phone

number/email you wrote down. It is also proven if you write

something down you are more likely to remember it.

Also writing down instructions from a boss helps you visualize

project/assignment and hopefully come up with some proactive

questions to clarify the assignment (and thus be more detailed).

Likewise, writing instructions/deliverables down and reading them

to your boss help confirm that both of you are on the same


Even if "pay attention to detail" refers to not making mistakes,

creating checklists in your work/life journal can help you to

remember to go over places where you normally make mistakes. For

instance, if you normally send out poorly spelled emails,

referencing a checklist can help remind you to take the time to

read the email out loud before you send it or be sure to run the

spell check.

It isn't always about paying attention to details. Sometimes it

is about admitting your weaknesses and/or mistakes and figuring out

ways to work around them. Everyone forgets the details. You just

need to record them in some kind of systematic way so that you can

review and remember them as you go along.

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