Not to go all technical on you, but I screwed up royally today.
It could have been a disaster, and I could have lost not only this yearís Big Project, but part of last yearís as well. And as much as Iíd like to blame myself, it was really just that one mistimed phone call that made me lose my place, and when I went back to my spreadsheet I started entering all the wrong data in all the wrong spaces.
Luckily (for once), I hadnít saved any of the bad work, so I could go back to a previous version of the spreadsheet. Unluckily (and foolishly), I hadnít saved anything at all for about an hour, so I had to go back and reconstruct everything Iíd done in that hour. Somehow, probably according to some natural law, it took more like two hours.
And it all worked out for the better, because I found some errors that I think I made in the lost version of the spreadsheet, and by the time Iíd corrected those (by doing the whole thing over), Iíd found a neater, more efficient, and (most importantly) more elegant way of doing what I was trying to do. Because if you canít see the artistry in it, itís not worth doing (except for the money, and thereís not enough of that in it to matter).
Thisíll work out great the next time I have to do the Big Project. Itíll work out great, that is, if I remember what I did right (and what I did wrong) this time. Iím not counting on that, though.