I have what I guess you could call a work-habits issue. I have a
small studio where I work by myself making jewelry. Normally I am
very safety-conscious… but occasionally I have lapses of attention
that cause me to do potentially very dangerous things. For example,
tonight I was reaching across my workbench to put away a small jar
of acetone… the jar bumped against something and went spinning
across the room, and since the lid wasn’t tight, there was a fair
amount of spillage. Once in a while I forget my safety glasses, and I
once allowed a lit torch to get knocked out of my hand onto the floor
(a small butane torch, but a torch nonetheless). So far I have
avoided any serious consequences, but I think something will
eventually happen if I don’t stop doing this stuff.
Now, I have been thinking about what state of mind leads to these
incidents. Drowsiness? No… I do sometimes work late at night and
get drowsy, and that leads to mistakes in my work, but as far as I
can remember has never led me to neglect safety… and anyway, when I
get more than a little drowsy I just stop working. Deadline pressure?
No, pretty much the same as for drowsiness. The lapses always seem to
occur when I am “on a roll.” What seems to happen is that I am so
focused on the work that I am not really thinking about what I am
doing, or am just moving too fast, until I do something stupid.
The trouble is that these are the very times when I do my best work,
and get the most done. So, I want that productivity, but not the risk
of losing fingers or eyes, you know? So, have any found a way to
maintain that exalted crazy-productivity state while keeping in mind
the things that require caution?