Perfection is the enemy of the good.

I’m a perfectionist. And a procrastinator. This combination means that it’s pretty rare that I finish personal projects in a timely manner. For me, if it’s not going to be done perfectly, then it’s not worth doing…right away. Since nothing can ever really be completed to perfection, I don’t really get much done. It’s a horrible feedback loop I’ve been stuck in for quite some time, and it’s about time that I break that habit. The goal of this blog is to do things that scare me and force me to live a more mindful life. Of course, the things that scare me are usually things that are impossible to perfect. I originally thought to create a blog called “One Hundred Habits”  with the leading idea that I would work on a specific habit for 100 consecutive days and declare victory. My first mission was to go to the gym every single day for 100 days because:

  1. I’m overweight.
  2. I’m getting married next year.
  3. I have a host of health issues tangentially related to #1, but mostly related to stress, which can be well managed by regular exercise.

I started last three months ago. Guess how many days I actually went to the gym? Three. But then I read this article: ‘Don’t Let Perfect Be The Enemy Of Good’ – Tips To Help Tame Perfectionism The TL;DR version is: Don’t let the pursuit of perfection blind you to the small accomplishments that you build up along the way. (If you have the time, I’d highly recommend reading the whole thing.) So I guess that my new goal is to just try to find some sort of exercise to do as often as possible. And my goal for this blog is to stop trying to be perfect and start trying to be good. I suppose that I might need a new blog name. Feel free to leave suggestions on a new title or tips to defeat perfectionism paralysis in the comments!

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One thought on “Perfection is the enemy of the good.

  1. I too struggle with perfectionism. This is one reason I started my blog a couple months ago–to motivate myself to push past that voice that expects everything to be perfect. 🙂

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