Why Does‘Perfect’ Not Always Equal ‘Best’?
It’s strange, but so many people are rushing to find the top of perfection and forget about essential things. It’s time to recall that productivity is not about only the number of tasks done, it’s about WHAT is done. Another stumbling block for most office employees is perfectionism. It eats resources when you spend dozens of hours on enhancing even the smallest thing!
You may have heard the quote “Perfect is the enemy of good”, which is usually attributed to Voltaire. Today, we’ll talk about this issue. When is it time to stop and when is it worth to continue enhancing what you do? Read more to find out…
So, these are the top 5 reasons you should stop when your work results are very good (and maybe they ARE already perfect!):
1. Perfection Is Always Subjective
You might know your target audience and its needs. Still, you shouldn’t focus only on your own idea what they need. The simplest way to deal with this issue is to ask representatives of this audience. The most successful products are always based on the real situation on the market. So, you won’t find out what’s perfect until you test your solution.
What to do?
- If you don’t have a sample or a focus group for a test launch, ask your colleagues to review what you have done. Be it a new feature for an app, a marketing promo action, or even a blog article! Feedback is extremely important, as you instantly notice what’s good and what can be improved.
- Next, review your results once more and share them with the world. You will have time to make changes in most cases.
- Keep in mind that we don’t mean not good enough quality. We’re talking about only GOOD VS perfect work results.
2. It Is Resource-Consuming
When you’re creating some good things, you just do your job. When you’re trying to create the second Mona Lisa, you need lots of time. Also, not only time is lost in the pursuit after perfection. This costs money for your company and maybe even you.
What to do?
- Since cost-effectiveness is the main thesis and vector of development for everything in the modern world, revise your approach. If ‘good’ takes a couple of days while ‘perfect’ needs a week, the choice is obvious.
- Better finish the task with high-quality results and get to the next challenge. Consumers of your product or service may not even distinguish your ‘good’ from ‘perfect’. High quality is the only thing to focus on. All fancy things can be added later.
3. Much Stress Means Early Burnout
Working on perfect things means giving all of yours. With tight deadlines, rushing to perfection will exhaust you very quickly. Constant stress, frequent fails, feeling like you can’t do anything… This happens when you strive to do things perfectly. Sometimes, you try to re-do or choose another approach when searching for the ideal. Still, nothing can fit. The reality can never meet your expectations unless you know what’s good.
What to do?
- Define benchmarks that will signalise you about reaching the ‘good’ level. Know where to stop and you’ll meet any deadlines!
- What’s more, try to do your job well in the very first time. Base your work on correct specifications, needs of customers and clients. Future corrections, alterations, and remakes will only cause stress and there are no guarantees the result will be better.
4. This May Be Not Perfectionism at All!
Do you know that procrastination can masquerade itself as perfectionism? And now we’re not talking about browsing socials. People sometimes think that they are not ready to get to a new task as they lack inspiration, knowledge, skills, and so on. If you’ve been delaying some tasks for these reasons, it’s time to act! You are not worse than other specialists who deal with similar tasks daily.
What to do?
- Forget about uncertainty and endless expectation of a miracle. There won’t be a more suitable moment when you come up with an ingenious idea. So, there are no reasons to postpone actions. When you start a complex job, it might appear not so difficult in the end.
- Also, read our articles on productivity to learn how to become productive and forget about procrastination.
5. Deadlines Are More Important
As we said before, a race for the perfect result might cause expired deadlines. This is the point where problems begin, especially if you had to do something users or customers knew about and were waiting for.
What to do?
- Plan the whole process. Firstly, divide a big task into small ones. One task should take no longer than a couple of business days.
- Prioritise your sub-tasks and create a step-by-step to-do list.
- Complete them in time. If you do that earlier, you’ll have some time to groom the results before everyone sees them.
So, doing great and outstanding things is not something from the realm of fiction. The key to success is the suitable approach and narrow focus on the goals and deadlines with the addition of useful feedback.