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- When making a mistake, admit that you did it and learn from it so as to focus on not repeating it.
- Whenever you are not sure about what to do, especially when doing something potentially irreversible, ask a colleague for advise.
- Do not wait for the whole pile. Whenever you can, do not be idle or do less urgent work while there is a pile of more urgent work gathering for you elsewhere. In such cases, instead, go and grab what you can start doing right away from that pile.
- For larger specimens that need fixation before final grossing, you can still start writing a report of measurements and other externally visible findings to save time for later.