I was contemplating about my life and business/work recently when I thought of this phrase:
Do it right the first time, because you may not get a second chance. ~ Anonymous
In business and accounting, DRIFT – Do It Right the First Time, is widely use to ensure that professional quality of work are done in an efficient and effective manner by ensuring that things are done right, so as to save time and cost for delays and future problems.
I now realized how important this is not only in business, but in life, in general. Because if you don’t do things right now, later on, you will suffer from the consequences (some people call it karma) of your negligence to do things right the first time.
Based on my experience, I kind of agree that there is indeed undesirable effects when you neglect to do things right the first time. I made this mistake quite a few times already and the cost I paid for it was indeed substantial. Oftentimes, the undesirable effect occurs even after several years. But thankfully I was able to learn from such experience that’s why now, I try my best to do things right the first time, to minimize the negative consequences.
However, be careful not to over analyze that you become paralyze to move or to take action. DRIFT – Do It Right the First Time simply means considering all the details before jumping into anything, may it be work, business, leisure or personal undertakings.
To help you in applying the principle of “DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME – DRIFT”, here’s some of the things you need to remember:
- Before you begin a task, job, business or relationship, make sure you have a plan.
- Consider the How, When, What, Why and Where.
- Create a list of Pro’s and Con’s.
- Have a Plan B.
- Think of the worst case scenario.
- Lastly, have all these details written and run through it before deciding.
Remember that one mistake or negligence can ruin everything in an instant, if you fail to consider these factors.
For a final note, let me leave you this thought to ponder:
Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship. – Benjamin Franklin