Have you ever worked on a project and driven yourself crazy trying to make sure that everything was perfect? Yeah, I’ve been there a number of times: you get things all together, then spot one thing that’s not quite right, so you have to go in and fix it, then you notice something else that’s wrong, and you have to fix that too…and eventually you wonder to yourself: When will I be able to consider this thing as finished?
I remember when I was putting my website together: I was trying to figure out how to navigate WordPress; choosing my themes and colors; deciding which plugins I wanted; learning about how to install the plugins; and let’s not forget about the widgets – just what are widgets anyway, and what’s the difference between a plugin and a widget? – it’s enough to make your head spin!
I could have probably taken forever, playing around with the different themes and changing this and that, before I actually made the site live, but I had to make a decision. I had to adopt the stance that while it may not have been perfect, it was good enough, and I needed to get the site published and move on to the next thing on my to-do list.
The truth is that there is no such thing as perfection in this world. There will always be room for improvement in whatever you are working on.
Now I am not advocating mediocrity, as I am a firm believer in doing things with a standard of excellence, but sometimes we need to cut ourselves some slack, determine that the project is good enough, and move on to the next thing.
How about you? Do you ever fall into this trap: the myth of perfection – when you continue working on something, trying to get it to the point of perfection, but the more you try, the more you keep discovering areas that still need fixing? Or have you ever made the decision that a certain project was good enough, and let it go, in order to move on to something else? Please share with us!