The definition of perfectionism is “striving for excessively high standards accompanied by overly critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others’ evaluations.”
Perfect Is The Enemy of Good. It’s time to strive for the best, but ultimately, we just need to get it done!
The law of diminishing returns shows us that the time we spent in going from good to perfect could have been better spent in other activities.
So I ask myself, “Is agonizing over these details going to impact anything or even be noticed?” “Am I unable to start what I need to because I can’t finish what I’m doing?”
THE 10 STRATEGIES (from “The Cult of Done” – A Manifesto)
- There are three states of being: Not knowing, action and completion.
- Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
- There is no editing stage.
- Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
- Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
- The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
- Once you’re done you can throw it away.
- Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
- People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
- Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
- Destruction is a variant of done.
- If you have an idea and publish it on the internet that counts as a ghost of done.
- Done is the engine of more.
Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.
Credit goes to Bre Pettis and Kio Stark from “The Cult of Done”