Seems to fit in nicely with some issues in the maritime industry…
Originally posted on Why Lead Now:
You’ve just started learning a new skill and you think to yourself “It is really going to take me a long time to learn this.” You want to become an expert in as little time as possible, but you know you have a lot of hurdles to overcome before you can truly call yourself an “expert”. Yet, you persevere through the mental anguish that comes with comprehending what you’re learning. You practice what you learn, and overtime, it becomes second nature. You become satisfied with the way you do you work and put yourself on autopilot, and that’s when you lose your focus. At this point is when you find yourself in trouble.
Why might this be an issue? After all, most employers want you to be able to do your job as efficiently as possible. If completing your tasks requires little effort on your part because you’ve practiced them so much, you should be able to complete more work than if you were just learning how to do it for the first time, right? While that may hold true, you also lose your focus as these tasks start becoming automated by you. When you lose your focus, you start making mistakes.
I mentioned in a previous post that I was in the process of bringing a motorcycle back from the dead. While I’m happy to say that my motorcycle is now ridable, I still have a ways to go until it’s perfected. Just the other day, I had removed the carburetors, something I’ve done at least 20-25 times, previously. I was on autopilot while I was doing the work. After I reinstalled the carburetors, the bike did not want to start. I looked over on my workbench to see a part from the carburetor sitting there which I happened to forget to reinstall. Again, mistakes happen when you aren’t truly focusing on your work and instead just “going through the motions”.