How to waste time – perfectly

Plant

I’ve been spending time recently reflecting on my previous blog about overcoming perfectionism and I have realised that perfectionism is time-consuming.

It eats away at our time with a pretence of helping us to produce a perfect piece of work – if that is even possible?

Yes, we all want to produce good quality work, but we need to also ask ourselves a few key questions:

  • Can your clients afford to wait? What are their expectations?
  • Can you afford to spend the time perfecting something when new projects, clients and products are calling for your attention?
  • Do we spend so long perfecting one thing that the results are missed opportunities, tight deadlines, and stress?

I believe that we need to be more natural with the work we are doing.

Look at the natural world around you – even the pot plant on your desk – everything is in a permanent cycle of creation, growth, death and rebirth and crucially, nothing stays still.  Life is characteristically a little messy and unpredictable.  Nature never worries about perfection and neither should we.

That doesn’t mean we don’t work hard, or aspire to put our best foot forward at all times, but we should be kind to ourselves, and nurture our nature.