I do the best work when I work in a slow focused manner.
This is a bit of a consciousness awareness thing - you would think after all these years I would have gotten that - but it has been borne out time and time again in the recent past. If I can focus on one thing to the exclusion of all else and work on it in a manner that is methodical (read "slow") I can do it without any errors.
Great. Self awareness. You think it would be more useful, correct?
It is, but it has two major issues confronting it.
The first is, of course, that we live in a driven age. Speed is the nature of the work world - first to market and that sort of thing. The luxury of having the time and focus to work on one thing at a time would simply seem to be that: a luxury. And in an age of "multi-tasking" (which all the writing and research say is terrible but all employment world continues to love) the concept of presenting "attention to detail given sufficient time" is not going to win a lot of applause.
The second issue is much more personal. I can take the time and do things right - but time is the commodity we never have enough of. Accepting this about myself - and it really seems to be true - there are certain implications - like the amount of work I can accomplish well will drop by a factor of 10. The amount of things I can do will also drop accordingly.
But is that such a bad thing? I have written how I feel the circle of my world contracting; if it contracted into lesser things but much better done would that be so awful?
It is a matter of pride: of admitting that I have this limitation and then working on it as a strength not as an impediment. Hard to swallow, perhaps. But perhaps far more stress reducing in the long run.