The Devil’s in the Lack of Details

The Devil’s in the Lack of Details

So I’ll confess, I’m very much a “big picture” kind of a guy, and can really loath work that requires too much attention to detailed. But that doesn’t really matter, because details do matter.

Don’t believe me? Then try phoning a friend, but only dial most of the numbers correctly and see if you get through.

My problem isn’t that I don’t notice details. I do. I just find it hard to get excited about them.

So what are some coping strategies for those of us who are detailed challenged?


The best possible strategy is to partner up with some who loves detailed work. There really are people that couldn’t be happier dealing with all the little details. Thank God we’re not all the same!

If you don’t even notice details, it’s probably a good idea to create a check list to make sure you don’t miss anything (again, get a detail person to help you create the list). For example, if you’re in charge of planning an event, grab a pad and start brainstorming all the things that will need to happen. Pretend you’re a journalist that’s covering the event, and it’s your job to answer questions of who, what, when, where, why, and how. See, that junior high school English class was good for something after all.

So even though for some of us detail work may not be our favorite part, that doesn’t matter. We have to remember – the real devil is in the lack of details.