Striving for perfection can hold you back because you waste valuable time on unimportant details. Besides, perfection is unattainable anyway. That’s why you should give yourself a break, and adopt these habits to increase your productivity:
- Strive for excellence, not perfection. You can be amazing at your job and still mess up a time or two. Realize that mistakes and failure are inevitable, and you will spend less time stressing.
- Lower your expectations. Some tasks need to be near perfect. Other tasks can simply be “good enough.” Limit the time you spend on those unimportant tasks that can be “good enough,” and focus most of your attention and time on the tasks that need to be near perfect.
- Set time limits. Simple acts like drafting an email to your boss can take way too much time if you are aiming for perfection. Set a limit—use a timer if needed—for how much time you will spend on a specific task, and force yourself to finish in that time frame.