We’ll Fix it Later

“We’ll fix it later.”  How many times in my professional life have I heard that phrase.

It’s usually when you or someone else are in a hurry to complete a project, either because the deadline is fast approaching or you’ve lost all patience with the job.

What I have learned is that it never gets fixed.

You end up working around the issue or just leave the broken process, data, thing or whatever in the corner and start a new one.

Or you find a way to leave it for someone else to deal with and they could either care less about yours or their performance.  They continue on with the half ass process which produces a half ass product.  They may just end up scrapping all the time and effort that went into the flawed product and make their own.

What a shame that is.  All that time and effort wasted because you or someone lacked the patience or work ethic to say if we put in the extra time now we’ll save tons of time (and money) down the road and end up with a great product.

You must say we will fix it now.  I don’t mean that second but make a note and don’t call anything complete until all of it is correct.  But then again its probably best to fix it as soon as the problem rears its ugly head.  After living with the problem for any amount of time you may start to get use to it and then rationalize away the issue.  You’ll start to convince yourself and others that it’s not that bad and we will fix it down the road.

Make sure you have truly given all you can and that you have done all that you can.  Do this without lying to yourself and then you can move on.  If you are truthful and have honestly given it your all, the problem will be fixed.

But don’t say “Let’s move on. We’ll fix it later.”

You never will and another opportunity to learn and make something great has slipped away.

© Otis P Smith and About the Groove, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Otis P Smith and About the Groove with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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