Recently I’ve been extra busy and it’s started to affect my performance. A lot of these are small mistakes, e.g., typos, or more critical errors like forgetting key points in documents. My boss has been kind enough to just point them out, but how do I stop making these mistakes before it affects my career?
"Mistaken", 29 years old in pharmaceutical company
Being extra busy is something that happens to all of us and may overwhelm you or make you lose focus. Solution? Slow down for a minute and set a powerful intention.
This means that before rush madly into your next task, take a very short moment to understand and decide what you must do to get the task done well the first time.
Here’s an example of how to eliminate email typos you mentioned earlier. Before you start typing your email, take a moment to breathe, tell yourself what you want to achieve with the email (e.g., mistake-free and short answer), and then start typing.
When you’re about to proof read your email (which you obviously do right?), repeat the process and take a moment to breathe, tell yourself what you want to achieve with the email (e.g., mistake-free), and then start proof reading. You’ll be amazed at how typos jump out at you, and perhaps there are no typos as you already set that intention earlier.
Last word – be specific with your intentions and practice this tip repeatedly. With time and practice you’ll find yourself mistake-free forever!
So before you rush off to finish whatever you're working on - set your intention NOW - what do you want to achieve with this next task?
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