Dirty Dozen: Distraction

Keeping Your Head (and Aircraft) Up


Next, consider whether or not you are adequately trained for the assigned task. Any amount of self-doubt can interfere with your mental process and affect the outcome of your work. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, but don’t lose focus.

It is extremely important to focus on one task at a time. It is better to prioritize and concentrate fully on one thing and do it well, rather than do four things simultaneously and poorly.

Use your checklist, get enough sleep, and learn to “check your baggage at the door.” There is no excuse that can explain away a preventable maintenance error – not even having stayed up late to watch a British comedian instigate misery for game show contestants.

For more human factors advice from MRSS, visit www.mrss.org.

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