Oh dear. You know what I’m talking about. You’re working on a project. It’s almost done, and then. . .wait, just a few more tweaks. Or. . . forget it, trash it, start all over. Or. . . Because, you know, it has to be just perfect. But does it, really?
If you are like me, you may struggle with this “need” to keep working on something because you know you can always make it better. But taken to the extreme, you may never complete the project because it’s never perfect enough. And that’s not good! Sometimes you need to accept that your work is good enough, and turn it in, or launch the initiative, whatever, and move on. There are really very few times that everything really needs to be totally perfect. The key is to know when perfection is required, and good enough is, well, good enough.
How to Fight Perfectionism (The Fast Track) takes a look at ways to deal with this tendency.