The Truth About Being A “Detail-Oriented” Employee

Some people (like me) are naturally more detail-oriented than others. But in any job, being detail-oriented — or compensating so it seems like you are — is an important skill.

Increase your focus

You can probably find tricks that make you more detail oriented by increasing your focus:

  • Avoid playing background music so you can be more focused on a detail-oriented task

Know the stakes and tradeoffs

One thing to keep in mind is that for different tasks, getting details wrong creates different levels of problems. If I write a piece of code slightly wrong, I might delete a piece of the database and we’ll lose $thousands dealing with the fallout.

Design a system

Going slower isn’t the only way to reduce errors. Another solution is to design a system for yourself that reduces error.

No fireable offenses

Play to your strengths

Last thing to keep in mind is that it’s generally good to play to your strengths instead of forcing yourself to face down your weaknesses, because you work with other people who have a different combination of strengths and weaknesses. So if you know you’re not detail-oriented, you can focus on tasks where you leverage your strengths more, and delegate or transfer the detail parts to someone else.

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