On Following Instructions

Contributed by July Blogger of the Month, Shelley Chandler
There’s a lot to be said for slowing down, reading instructions, and doing something right the first time.  But I like to do things my own way.  Sometimes that works out well; sometimes not.
Times I should follow instructions:  when completing work for someone other than myself;  while assembling furniture and children’s toys; when under a doctor’s care; etc.  I  am usually able to follow those pretty well.  Times I tend to view directions more as guidelines rather than hard and fast rules:  whenever a product fails to include a booklet and directs me to an Internet site; while cooking and baking (although baking is more of a science and not well-suited for people who disregard instructions); whenever I am pressed for time; when I get bored.
Sometimes this disregard results in disaster and sometimes in happy accidents.  I have come up with some pretty tasty recipe variations and some spectacular flops.  I have stumbled across really great things my cell phone can do, but could be missing out on others because I don’t want to go to the Internet to read about what all amazing things this new phone can do.  (This one also falls under not enough time.)  I took piano lessons as a child, but I didn’t like playing out of the lesson books because I thought they were boring.  As a result, I can only play a few snippets of songs today.
I know I’m not the only one.  Are you a rule-breaker (or rule-bender)?  My challenge to you, if you choose to accept it, is to find one area where you tend to cut corners and really take your time and follow the instructions.  Afterward, review your process and outcome to determine if things turned out better this time.  I will take the same challenge, and will report back on it soon.
Shelley ChandlerShelley is a retired social worker, a former police officer, a wife, a mother with an empty nest, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. She and her husband (also a retired State employee) have been married for 22 years and counting. They have two grandchildren and are joyously expecting their third grandson in October. Shelley blogs at The Tao of Cake where she hopes her readers will be inspired to try something new or maybe just bake more often. She believes in comfort food and thinks the stories behind the food feed the soul just as much as the body.
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