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How to stop perfectionism getting in the way of performance

Perfectionist tendencies is something that many people in the charity / nonprofit / social enterprise world struggle with.

We want to make a difference, we want to do our absolute best work all of the time, and sometimes we lose sight of when perfect is needed and when done really is good enough.

The two shapes in the image show the amount of effort and time needed to complete the same tasks - the square (80 units) shows if everything is done to your version of perfect. The triangle (40 units) shows if things are delivered in 3 categories: done, better and perfect.

We forget that our "done" is already good. And in many cases, the difference between good and perfect would only be noticed by us, NOT by the end user or recipient and more importantly, won't have any impact on success!

And sometimes, in striving for perfect, we lose sight of the purpose of the activity and get stunned us into inactivity by the fear of not producing the perfect thing.

Which parts of your role and your to-do list genuinely do need to be done to your level of perfect and which parts deliver just as well at 'Done'?


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