Pay attention on the details. It matters!

I watched by accident yesterday this TED talk by Rory Sutherland and it changed (at least for now) my view of the “small stuff” or the details. As a developer doing IT consulting as daily job I have hundreds of little tasks on my todo list which I don’t like doing. Some of them are really small changes, like changing the font size somewhere etc, but I never have the appetite to d them. I just find them boring & while there are more “important” things to do I never find time to do any of them.

But yesterday after watching this talk I got inspired and I did some improvements on a data dashboard. Those were small stuff like making the table header scroll down so you it’s always visible or changing the display of dates from “2012-10-25” to “Mon 25/10”.

And you know what? It worked! Today at noon I got this email (see below).

The changes you have made to the dashboard for the data checking is AWESOME!!!!!!

Super Thank you!!!!! :-)

This has of course brought a big smile on my face and a lot of motivation to do more things. Some of them are other small stuff that I would never do.

Enjoy the talk! which very probably you’ll find completely irrelevant to what I wrote above but it worked for me so I want to share it with you 🙂