When I start a project, I like to finish it.
And sometimes, when I’m working on something particularly tricky, I want to finish it right now. Which can lead to mistakes. Especially when I get stuck on a bit of particularly tricky math.
Which has led me to make a rule for myself:
No math after dark.
I’ve burned myself too many times with this. I start working on a particularly tricky part of a pattern, or find a mistake, then next thing I know, I’ve deleted and re-jiggered a weeks’ work in an evening.
And invariably, there ends up being some massive mistake in my “fix” that takes three days to re-fix.
(When I worked in an office, I had a similar rule- no mass emails after 4:00, especially on Fridays. The few really big email mistakes I made always happened when I tried to send out emails right before leaving work. Like when I accidentally sent invitations to a group of about 50 “no” applicants to interview with our company. Whoops!)
I’ve been working on a fairly complicated design lately, and I’m 90% of the way there- I just have a few more tweaks (and a little ripping out and re-knitting) before I’m finished. I almost finished yesterday, but felt myself starting to get carried away last night (and the growing urge to delete big swaths of data that I was sure were wrong).
But, this morning the sun’s shining (as much as it ever does in Seattle at this time of year), I’ve got my fully-caffeinated coffee and I’m ready to tackle some more math.
Wish me luck!
I have a similar rule for kitchnering:) I always make a mistake if I do it after dark when I’m tired.
I have a similar rule for any mistakes-put it down, walk away, fix it tomorrow.