I used to be a perfectionist.
After a while, I realized that there was a point of maximum return, and after that, the amount of time it took to complete the level of work I wanted as an output was disadvantageous. It was taking too long, which means that, overall, I wasn’t pumping out quality work because the package wasn’t done. I’d spend so much time trying to increase the quality by 2% that I’d run out of it!
[Sidenote: I fully realize that part of this equation is my inability to get things done, and thus, a lower level of intelligence. I refuse to accept this possibility and have therefore not taken it into account in my calculations].
At some point, I was able to identify (almost) the exact point at which my productivity began its decline. And so that’s where I stopped. This process isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty darn close.
What do I produce instead of perfect? Good enough.
[Mom and Dad, if you're listening, I'm sorry!]
Don’t get me wrong, this is a super high-quality, stellar, totally awesome “good enough” that required a period of time dealing with my ego and accepting that this “finished product” was not really finished… but once the stress decrease and time increase was realized, the decision became a much more comfortable one.
How many of you do work that’s good enough?