Perfectionism kills productivity

Being a perfectionist can be a good thing – it makes you always get better at what you’re doing. However it can also be the complete opposite – it can prevent you from getting things done or even getting started in the first place. Because of this, a healthy dose of imperfectionism can be crucial for your productivity.

Whether you’re a writer, video producer, musician or web designer, when you start to work on something, you usually have some idea of what the final product should look like. But because of different reasons, the actual thing rarely looks exactly like your vision. You’ll feel like you didn’t express yourself clearly enough, that you left out something important, that you should spend more time editing… And yes, it’s true: Without even seeing it, I can tell you – your work could be better. But that’s not the point.

Here’s the problem: there will always be something to improve. But if we keep striving for absolute perfection, we never get the thing done and end up having a bunch of projects we started, but never finished. Instead, at some point, you have to accept your work as it is and publish it. You are imperfect too – and people still hang out with you! It is more important that people actually get to read that story, see that website or hear that song. You will have something to show, something that will make you proud and which will then serve as a motivation for your further work. And your next creation will be a little better. And the next one even better. It’s a  process of constant improvement, but you have to start somewhere.

Don’t worry that your audience is going to judge you because it isn’t perfect – they’re just as imperfect as you and me.

 

A perfect world would be boring anyway.

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