Done Is Better Than Perfect – The Secret Recipe To Boost 10x Your Productivity
The world values production more than perfection. It's up to you to adapt.
You want to succeed. To do this, you have developed a keen attention to detail when you perform tasks. Over time, you have even become a very thorough person.
Far be it from me to tell you that being meticulous is a flaw. It can even be the best quality of all since it will allow you to provide quality work in any field.
However, this quality can also turn into a hindrance to your productivity if you don't know how to use it wisely. Remember what Uncle Ben Parker said to Spider-Man:
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
If being thorough is a great power you have, you'll need to use it responsibly.
Perfection is just an illusion that will make you waste a lot of time
Most detail-oriented people end up wasting time by constantly striving for perfection. You have a task to accomplish. You could do it in a few hours, but you're going to do it in a few days because you're not happy with the result.
You would like it to be a little better. Well, no. You would like it to be better than better, i.e. perfect.
There is nothing worse than wanting to achieve perfection in life for everything you are. Perfection is an illusion since it is only an arbitrary vision of things. Something that may seem perfect to you may not be perfect to another person.
On the other hand, something that is finished, but imperfect in your eyes, may very well be considered perfect by someone else.
Everything is relative here. What is not relative, however, is the time you waste in constantly trying to reach the level of perfection you impose on yourself. Even worse is the thought that this level will only increase if you fall into this perfection trap.
You must admit that producing is more important than seeking utopian perfection
To permanently increase your productivity tenfold, you must admit the following truth:
We live in a world that values production over perfection.
Read that sentence again and take some time to think about it. Is that it? Then you must see what I'm getting at. In the world we live in, it is better to produce something that is more or less what is expected than to produce nothing and have people wait for perfection.
I'm not saying that this is a good thing since quite often you will end up with solutions that work more than moderately. Nevertheless, this is the reality of the world we live in. The next step will be to improve the first version if necessary by successive iterations.
Rid of the burden of always having to reach perfection, you will be able to define when a task is finished, and above all, stick to it. What you have achieved is enough. Don't try to do better the first time around.
You will see the feedback you get on that task, and you can improve the result if necessary, but only if necessary.
This is a major paradigm shift that I suggest you adopt here. Those who have done it have boosted their productivity incredibly since they can accomplish more tasks while saving time for possible improvements when requested.
This secret recipe is not easy to implement for those who have fallen into the trap of being overly meticulous. You will have to force yourself at first to leave things as they are. Once you get into the habit and see how much time it saves you, you will not be able to do without it.
The hardest part, as always, is the first step. It's up to you to get started.
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