Confession: Kicking Perfectionism to the Curb

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?

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