When, oh when am I ever going to stop making stupid mistakes?
This week a made a few mistakes that frustrate me beyond belief. Not because the mistakes were all that tragic, but because I made them at all.
First mistake: Along with my salary at work I get a small incentive, which is extra money I get paid for the typing I do. It usually amounts to between $45 and $55 per check. On my last check, it was $214.00. This is about $150 more than is was supposed to be and as a result, my gross pay was also $150 more than it was supposed to be. For the life of me I could not get that there was only one mistake, in my incentive. I was thinking that there was two mistakes, in my incentive and in my gross pay. So when my supervisor told me that they would take the difference out of my next check, I kept asking her what about my gross pay. Lets just say she had to tell me several times before it dawned on me what she meant. I was embarrassed and felt like a ass. Luckily, she's a great person and we got a good laugh out of it!
Mistake #2. The license plates on both of our cars expire this Saturday, so today on my way home from work I stopped at the SOS office to renew them. Michigan has changed the look of their plates and so one of the cars needed to get a whole new plate, not just the little sticker that goes on it. I did my business, got the plate and two stickers and went home. I decided to put the sticker on the new plate and proceeded to put the WRONG sticker on the plate. All this happened in about 3 seconds because that is how long I think things through before I do anything. And you know those suckers DO NOT peel off, so I had to go back to the SOS office and ask them to issue me a new sticker. It took longer to do that than it did to get the renewal in the first place. Lucky for me the girl was really nice and assured me that I was not the first person to make this stupid mistake.
So when in your life do you finally get to the point that you stop making these mistakes, if ever? I know my problem is that I have to slow down and think about things, but I have never been able to do that and I don't know how to teach myself to.
How about you? What stupid, embarrassing mistakes have you made? And how the hell do I learn to slow myself down? Help!