Stop, pause and take a deep breath when things go wrong

This post was written by DoctorJay on January 13, 2011
Posted Under: old post

When things go wrong it is too easy to make more mistakes because we are not thinking straight – doing nothing allows us to calm down and make better decisions. The best rule may be: Never act when your mind is off balance.

Another old post.  Actually the reason I have not posted anything on this siye yesterday and so far today is that I have been very busy with another project. As it happens things did go wrong with the project. So now I;m taking some deep breaths and doing something different (this post( for a change.

Now for that old post:

So often when something goes wrong we panic (consciously or unconsciously) and take action before we think. At the moment while I am settling down to a new way of writing these pieces (the hard disk on the computer I used to use to write these crashed), I use whatever computer is available.

The other night I saved a file under a wrong name and downloaded it to the site. I had now destroyed a previous day’s entry. Without thinking I looked at the page in question and destroyed any chance of recovery until I got to the computer I am using just now. So the page ended up missing for the next thirty six hours.

Once I did this I had to accept what was. I could drive more than 50 miles each way at midnight to get to this computer or accept the fact that the page would be missing for a while….

The real issue was to understand the lesson from this experience and share it with you. So the lesson is (specially when dealing with computers) when things go wrong, at first do absolutely nothing…. Just pause, take a deep breath (this relaxes you and bring extra oxygen to your brain so you can think better), and once you are calm wait a little longer and only then take action.

Of course I am not talking about the type of emergency where you have to act without thinking. Last night we were going to a concert and the people in front stopped and I did not notice, so I had to jam my foot on the breaks. So under those circumstances do whatever is needed and then think about the learnings from the experience.

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