Summary of Finding Opportunities in the Mistakes We Make

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Finding Opportunities in the Mistakes We Make summary
Failing to reflect on how you accomplish your work means “working harder, not smarter.”


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Is the way you work leaving you feeling burned out? Software developer Clarice Bouwer charts her journey away from “working harder, not smarter” and offers helpful tips for how you can do the same. In the course of analyzing her own experiences, Bouwer explains how setting goals, engaging in collaboration, prioritizing tasks and “retrospecting” on your work can help you identify and fix the “pain points” that keep you stuck in “survival mode.” getAbstract recommends this article to those looking to improve how they work and find a better work-life balance.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why goals, collaboration and prioritizing tasks matter;
  • How “retrospecting” on your work can help you identify your “pain points”; and
  • How to fix pain points.


Working hard rather than working smart isn’t only exhausting; it can also inhibit your day-to-day performance on the job. Changing the ways you tackle tasks, by reflecting on how you do – or don’t – get things done can mitigate the “pain points” plaguing your work life.

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Clarice Bouwer works as a software developer at DStv Digital Media. She blogs at

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