Turning comments when sleep deprived.

How does everyone deal with turning comments when operating on a serious sleep deficit? My MD expects perfect syntax, grammar, perfect formatting, and 0 errors on V1 of a deck or IC memo.

How does everyone cope with keeping a sharp attention to detail especially with a lack of sleep?

I have been getting absolutely grilled for missteps (1 instance of erroneous capitalization and 1 instance of an incorrectly placed comma) in the past week and need to have 0 errors going forward. 

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Oct 12, 2021 - 11:29pm

Print out the comments and check them off as you make them. Then print the new document, take a lap around the office. Sit with both the new draft and the comments side by side and highlight the comment once you're certain you've made it.

The different colors and reading on paper should help you catch everything. 

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Oct 12, 2021 - 11:44pm

Slightly different but same basic idea.

I usually review in 4 stages:

- Read it through to make sure it's English (no numbers) 

- Review the numbers to make sure they all foot individually and across pages

- Read the whole thing again, both words and numbers to make sure it makes sense

- After all of my edits are done, reprint and re-read the full document, double checking footing, grammar, punctuation, etc.

The important things are:

- printing

- writing your comments on the pages (so you can turn your own comments, don't know why but it helps) 

- if you can read aloud, do that

- review with zero distractions

- take a break before the first step and breaks between each step to clear your head

The thing is to switch between "creator" and "audience" mindsets -- you'll be surprised what pops out at you. 

  • Associate 1 in ER
Oct 12, 2021 - 11:37pm

1) Add DRAFT in big red text boxes 

2) print and read hard copy

3) ask the new analyst to proofread, then blame him if he misses anything else 

  • Analyst 1 in PE - Other
Oct 12, 2021 - 11:39pm

Ha, I'm the new analyst... Just trying not to get fired. Didn't know this before I started but they have fired every analyst they have ever hired. 

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Oct 13, 2021 - 10:59am

Pretty unreasonable to expect perfection on the first turn IMO. Sounds toxic. Back on topic -- in my analyst days when gunning for top bucket, on late night turns I would just pound some Redbull or other caffeinated beverage and make sure that I slow down and review the turn thoroughly before sending out. The most common pitfall is because you're so tired you spin through your work nonchalantly after you've turned it and assume you caught everything, but the key is to slow down here, as painful as it is. Print out the before and after deck, extra points for highlighting every comment made. Good luck. 

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