Perfectionism can stop you from getting things done.
I’m not perfect and I don’t accomplish perfection. Are you surprised that a professional organizer would confess to not being perfect? Most days, “good enough” is the only way you or I are going to get anything done. Because if we demand perfection in every chore, every task, every accomplishment we set out to do, we’ll be overwhelmed and give up.
Often I hear from clients that they can’t begin an organizing project because they imagine failure before they even get started. When I explore further, asking why they feel or think this way, I often hear that the results are not going to be perfect.
Yikes! Oh, man, you expect perfection from me? — I say in alarm. (Talk about pressure!)
No, they say. I expect perfection from myself.
AH! Well, here’s where I get up on my soapbox and pontificate: “Perfect” is the enemy of accomplishment. Perfect doesn’t really exist. It’s fleeting, at best. Dust, rust, toddlers, erosion, age, red wine—pick your own favorite form of entropy—will undo anything that ever was thought to be perfect. The best we can do is “darn good” or “good enough.”
Organizing, maintaining systems to help stay organized, learning new habits, managing your time: none of this will ever be done to perfection. Papers may not be filed immediately. The bills might occasionally be paid late. You may not always know where your keys are. And you may still procrastinate about writing your website blog … (ahem!).
So what? You’re working on it. You aren’t quitting before you begin. You’re trying your best.
Most days, that’s good enough.
And if you want more on this topic, read this blog by productivity consultant Lisa Montanaro.
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