I Did It Again Guys

Mistakes were made, That’s what I thought when I realized what I have done

Thilina Dasantha

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We are writers, right? And we tend to keep drafts of writing we have abandoned halfway. You know it’s true.

But, how many of us go back to this stuff? Or try to rewrite or repurpose them for something else? Probably a handful, I guess.

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But, what I have done is completely different. As much as I hate myself for doing it, I keep doing this over and over again. I almost missed some of my deadlines on projects I’m working on due to this. The simple mistake of assuming that I submitted the piece. Most of the time I read the draft and edit 2 or 3 days after I have written it. It gives me time to get my mind off of the article and look at it with fresh eyes.

I have done this several times, and It has impacted me a lot in the past, too. However, I was not expecting it to occur again, but unfortunately it did.

Thus, I created a simple plan to avoid it from happening in the future. When I’m reading and editing the draft, I have also scheduled a reminder in a day or two to remind me to post it. You may find it weird how I haven’t started doing this ages ago, I find it that way too.

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Sometimes, solutions to our problems are in plain sight, and we fail to notice it. It’s something we should think about when in trouble. Most of the time, the solutions are quote simple, and we tend to overlook it because it feels easy.

If you haven’t heard about the Occam’s razor, let me tell you about it,

Occam’s razor if not the Principle of parsimony is an idea of English Franciscan friar William of Ockham which in simple terms says, “the simplest explanation is usually the best one.”[1]. It means that when you are presented with multiple solutions, sometimes the best solution to the problem is the simplest among them. However, we tend to ignore that solution just because of the simplicity of it.

Such as not setting a reminder to submit the draft, thinking that you will remember it when its due. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t. With that I learned a valuable lesson of setting reminders when needed.

[1] https://www.britannica.com/topic/Occams-razor

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