If you are like me, then you're probably trying to do 20 things at once. But by doing that, you can relay mess up a your mind very quickly. And especially when things aren't going as expected.
I've had it happen. During a simple touch IC repair I was thinking about a deadline for a small production run and about other projects. But by doing so I managed to mess up the pads under the IC. Causing it to be "unrepairable".
Or when doing that small production run I managed to place 470Ω resistors on the places where I needed to put 1KΩ resistors. I had to rework over 40 boards.
These are just some of the examples of things I had happen before. But anyway, why am I writing this article? Well I wanted to talk about something I don't talk enough about. And thats about a few things.
One of those things is learning to so NO. Saying no to people or projects is a way of giving you some space in your head to think. If you keep on accepting new projects and don't dare to say No like I used to do, you'll end up with so much things to worry about and giving you so many sleepless nights.
Another thing that you should learn to do is to get paid when doing a project. Sure it's for someone you know, but when you say oh it on the house over and over again. That person will abuse your kindness, and in the end you're the one that's going to lose.
And lastly just be kind to another. For example a while back someone asked me how there PCB design looked. That person was making a relay shield and they had a 5V trace running right next to the Hot trace running to the relay. Instead of saying "It's shit or it sucks" Tell them its ok, but there is an issue with clearance. And explain to them why that is an issue and how they can solve it. That will only make it easier for that person to understand there layout mistake and by telling them they wont make it a 2nd time.
I wrote this little rant since I just got to annoyed with all the work thats piling up.