Instructions… not that hard to follow!


There are many things that bug me. Tardiness, poor table manners, spiders. The list goes on and on, but one thing that drives me completely nuts is when people don’t follow instructions! I don’t mean the 126 page booklet that tells you how to assemble your flat pack Ikea cupboard (in Swedish). I mean the simple instructions when filling out a form or paperwork. More often than not, the purpose of filling out a form is of high importance, therefore you would think that people would take the time to read the instructions to make sure they got it right. Well apparently not. It might just be in my field of work that I see this annoying error happen more often than most, but whatever the reason, it really grinds my gears.


Now I’m not saying I’m perfect and never make a mistake when filling out a form. I have been known to put my signature where I should print my name and vice versa. This is an easy mistake to make, given each form differs in the format. But how hard is it to fill out a form in black pen when the instructions clearly state that it must be in black pen.  ‘Please fill out in block letters’ doesn’t seem that hard to understand. Do people do this deliberately because they want to lash out at the world, show people they are rebels and can’t be told what to do? Or are people just plain lazy? It takes an extra 10 seconds to read the instructions. 10 seconds that can save a lot of time down the track when the paperwork needs to be filled out again because you got it wrong.

If you haven’t realised by now, I clearly had this happen to me today, therefore I just had to rant about it. I don’t mean to be over the top with this as normally I would just let it slide (well, sometimes) but on this occasion it was on an official document that is getting sent overseas. There is no time for it to be wrong yet somehow someone still manages to ignore the bold instructions at the top of the page.  Now we are 3 days behind schedule simply because of avoidable human error. **Sigh** now that is off my chest, I’m heading out for lunch to enjoy a little wine between friends.

Cheers and thanks for listening.


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