A couple weeks ago, I shared a bit about how Dave and I might literally have more “usable hours” in our days, due to the fact that we seem to require fewer hours of sleep than other adults.
I also shared about how using the timer on my phone gives me increased motivation to work quickly and stay focused on the task at hand.
Both of these are huge productivity boosters when it comes to accomplishing everything I need to, and want to, cross off my list.
However, a third piece to my “productivity puzzle” is the fact that I am almost always focused on “done” versus “perfect”.
Although I can be particular about certain things (like how I fold my t-shirts), I am far, far from a perfectionist.
I value quantity over quality (in a good way!), I work quickly and keep moving, I continually “do the next thing”, and I rarely get hung up on little details.
My goal is to FINISH one thing… then MOVE ON to the next.
I want to cross things off my list QUICKLY, even if they aren’t 100% perfect, or done as well as they would have been before I had children! 🙂
My Blurb digital photo books are often slightly out of order and/or missing a few pictures because I didn’t want to redo the layout to add them in. It’s fine… the pictures and pages I DO have are much better than doing nothing at all, and I fly through my books in record speed when I’m adding pictures each month!
I don’t deep-clean my home on a weekly (or even monthly) basis. Instead, I enjoy the fact that my home is very neat, tidy, and organized almost all time… and I look the other way when I see the dust building up on the baseboards again. I’m a happy camper as long as my bathrooms are fairly clean, my floors are fairly crumb-free, and my flat surfaces are fairly decluttered!
Although I enjoy cooking and baking, I’ve never been an exclusively “from scratch” chef. I’m a huge fan of starting with a boxed mix, or incorporating some packaged components into my meals in an effort to save lots of time.
I also regularly use the convection feature on my oven to speed up the cooking and baking times.
I almost always apply the second coat of paint too soon — it hasn’t come back to bite me yet! And I’ve been known to paint doors ON their hinges so I can paint both sides at the same time without waiting for drying time in between.
I could go on and on!
Maybe these examples make me sound like a lazy slob… I hope it’s obvious I’m not!!
I can be extremely detail-oriented when the situations requires it… but for the most part, I try not to get too hung up on little details and just keep pushing forward.
I know everyone works and functions differently, and I know true perfectionists often can’t fully control their OCD-like behavior, but I also know there are many instances when all it takes to stay on track is simply focusing on finishing a project instead of perfecting it.
If you feel like you’re constantly “in the middle” of a project, or like you never have time to fully complete the things on your to-do list, take a step back and honestly evaluate how much pressure you’re putting on yourself.
If you’re too worried about getting everything in your home perfectly labeled and in matching bins, chances are you’ll never actually start the organizing project in the first place.
If you’re too worried about making every single morsel of food in your home completely from scratch, chances are you’ll feel overwhelmed, throw in the towel, and resort to frozen pizza or fast food much quicker than you would if you simply did your best to get a fairly well-balanced meal on the table and then moved onto the next thing on your list.
If you’re too worried about keeping every space in your home perfectly clean, you won’t have time to actually enjoy your home and you’ll most likely end up neglecting many of the other things on your list.
In my opinion, the vast majority of life can be accomplished with a “done is better than perfect” mindset — so let’s just save the perfection for heart surgeons and NASA engineers!
What area of your home, life, schedule, family, job, etc. could benefit from focusing more on DONE versus PERFECT?