It's the little things

Usually we're valued for being able to overview, spot a major trend or see the "big picture". Too little times we're valued for being obsessed with the little things.

I'll tell you in a little secret: I hate to see a Keynote slide which is not pixel perfect. Not that I have the ability to produce such marvelous pieces of design, but when I spot something I don't think is right, boy does it make me uncomfortable. And boy, does it make me want to fix it, no matter what.

Other things I obsess about:

  • My bookmarks;
  • My social media profile information;
  • The organization of my files and folders (both on the Mac and on the iPhone);
  • The way my desk is organized;
  • The volume of the music when I have headphones.

The list goes on, but that's not the real point here. The point is that we're not worrying enough about these little things, the "minor details" as some call it.

Now I'm not saying you should also obsess about the way you organize your folders, the way I see it you can even have it all mixed up. I just don't work that way.

What I'm telling you is that being obsessed over something, if properly channeled and filtered, can make a true difference, be it personal, professional or — most of the times — both.

Little things matter so much that they're the cornerstone of entire businesses nowadays.

Or so I've heard.