I can’t tell you how many wasted hours I’ve spent tweaking things. Should this word be italicized? Should that heading be a different color? And I am actually worse when it comes to spreadsheets.
When I realize that I am trying to get my work from 95% good to 99% good and that last four percent is taking me all kinds of time, I know I am letting the perfect become my enemy. My work is really ready, but something inside me tells me to wait. Make it a little better. What is going on? Am I afraid to send it out?
Do you ever find yourself going back over things yet again, even after you know it’s good and probably ready to send? You could be “letting the perfect be the enemy of the very good.”
Actually, “perfect” is probably a myth anyway.
And your perfect will be different from my perfect. So… why not finish your work, review it for quality and accuracy and a good appearance, and then SEND it? When I see your very good work, I won’t ever stop to think: “Gee, it isn’t perfect.”
Have the courage to send it out when it is very good. Then go on to your next thing and make that also very good. You’ll get a lot more accomplished, and none of us will ever know it isn’t perfect.
What are some of the ways you keep yourself from releasing something? Could it be with your art? Your writing? Your photography? Your report? That new application?
What are the ways you overcome this dilemma?