It doesn’t get any better than perfect
It doesn’t get any better than perfect. If a project or task is perfect, then it’s the most we could have imagined. Perfection is what we all should strive to achieve. Employers often seek employees who make every effort to get it right. Is this how you act?
These thoughts most people have about perfectionists and perfectionism. Well, in theory, it is good; but in reality, perfectionism has many setbacks. The dictionary definition says perfection is an unsurpassable degree of accuracy or excellence. It’s the process or act of perfecting something to a level that most of us refuse to attain.
Perfectionism-Blessing or a Challenge
Perfectionism is when someone strives toward a usually impossibly high and goal won’t accept anything less. If the goal is less than perfect, it seems not acceptable.
If anyone else does a better job, the perfectionist can become depressed and useless on the next assignment or project. Perfectionists are not happy with being outdone. They avoid finishing a job with imperfection. They would instead do nothing rather than risk not meeting their perfect standards.
If described as a perfectionist and want to change that, you need aware of this tendency and the potential problems. It can be a challenge or a blessing. It depends on how you handle it.
People see perfectionism as laziness. A perfectionist may delay getting started on a task because you’re working on getting it done correctly. Work does not begin because you’re spending time planning every minute detail.
Perfectionists often are procrastinators, and these behaviors can be true.
- put off working because the job may seem too big
- may be overwhelmed by the magnitude
- don’t feel you can do it well in the time you have
- won’t settle for a vague estimate
- aren’t getting detailed figures before you are expected to start
If you’re working for someone else, you have to get at least things done each day. Set some deadlines for yourself on a portion of the project. And see that you meet these deadlines regardless of whether it is up to your specifications.
What is unacceptable to you may be perfectly fine for others. To help with your deadlines, you might be wise to ask someone to keep a check with you to be sure you are staying on a doable time table.
You can learn to be more flexible and bend your standards until you compromise with your boss. You can allow yourself to do a less than perfect job and then listen to your friends’ and co-workers’ critiques. They’ll probably wonder how it could have been any higher quality.
If you concentrate on the work as you complete each step, don’t concern yourself with the finished project.
The task you’ve tackled will eventually be complete when you do this. You’ll find you can function with perfectionism in a less than perfect world.