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August 22, 2018

Check Your Work

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What do you do when you realize you made a stupid mistake? Or when you can’t figure out where your error is in a project?  If only there was a way to keep these things from happening.

Well here is! It’s a really simple fix. Double check your work.

It is one of the first things we learn in school but we don’t continue with it for some reason. It might be pride or naivity, whatever it is, best set it aside.  

Double checking your work will clean up all of the small and tedious blemishes before they become mistakes. Although it seems counterintuitive, double checking your work right away will actually help you be more efficient with your time. This is because all pertinent information is still warm and ready to be recalled because your brain hasn’t transitioned the tasks yet, which will allow you to correct the mistake cohesively and effectively.

How can we get ourselves to double check our work? There are two ways. The first way is to move slower through the task the first time and double check proactively, and be more diligent in your work. The second way is to set aside a time to revisit your work before you have finished the task. By creating that plan, and a commitment to the task, you won’t consider it complete until you have double checked your work, and that cognitive dissonance created by having a lingering unfinished task will motivate you to get back to it.

Double checking your work will improve quality and be more efficient with your time! Now time for me to double check the accuracy of this information before posting it!

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