Do the details of a task drive you, or do they drive you crazy? Of course there are details we all need to pay attention to. On the personal level, keeping good financial records and filing tax returns correctly and timely is part of our job as a good citizen. On the professional level, arriving on time for an interview or a job is an important part of being a conscientious employee.
Some people seem to naturally be more detail oriented & focus on the smaller details, while others prefer to focus more on the big picture & the bigger details – such as an accountant versus an artist. Without the fine details of an accountant, many of us might find ourselves in hot water with the IRS. On the other hand, an artist most often sees the bigger picture & without their vision our world would be void of some of the greatest paintings & sculptures. We need both kinds of details to balance our world & to make it an interesting place.
So, do details really matter? The short answer is, yes! But understanding the degree of detail necessary in a chosen profession can help match your skills to your occupation. Work becomes fun when it is a natural extension of who we are.