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Jul 04, 2019 06:34:40

Re: How Is Perfectionism A Thing?

by @juliasaxena PATRON | 205 words | 🐣 | 273💌

Julia Saxena

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I try to live by the mantra "Done is better than perfect" as much as I can.

That often didn't go down well with bosses. 

In a past job role, I had to prepare PowerPoint presentations for pretty senior people. Some of that stuff went in front of the board of one of the largest banks in the world. 

As you can imagine, everything had to be P - E - R - F - E - C - T. 

And this drove me crazy. My boss kept finding tiny details which were not up to his standards. But by my standards, the job was done and it was fine. Endless frustrating back and forth followed. 

Like telling me to move this box half a centimetre to the right ... in the time it took him to tell me that, he could have just done it himself. But no ... 

Perfectionists don't get anything done ... ever. 

They stall and procrastinate. 

Agonize over tiny details that nobody but them will ever notice. 

Sometimes, I feel these tendencies inside me... 

To overthink. To want to get it absolutely right. 

But I know that it's so important to take some imperfect action ... 

Instead of some perfect inaction. 

Taking action means making mistakes. And that's perfectly (!) ok. 

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    @juliasaxena Argh! I know the feeling, when clients rattle your brain with incessant touch ups "just move the text a little up, make it a little bigger" ... "oh no, can this text be changed" ... "oh change it again please" .... It's such draining work when bosses or clients are "perfectionists" when really, in the majority of cases, it simply doesn't matter!

    Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | Jul 04, 2019 08:20:53
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      @jacklyons So hard to make them understand that it doesn't matter. They don't like hearing that at all 😆

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Jul 05, 2019 03:02:54
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