It’s Never Going to Be Perfect, So Just Get It Done - The New York Times


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It’s Never Going to Be Perfect, So Just Get It Done -- Voltaire was right. Welcome to the Smarter Living newsletter! Every Monday, Tim Herrera emails readers with tips and advice for living a better, more fulfilling life. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. via Pocket on July 10, 2019 at 10:25AM
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7 days ago by dueyfinster
Voltaire was right.
So here’s a grand, wonderful irony: I started writing this newsletter in early June.
I’d come back to my meager Google Doc every few days, reworking the same few sentences, each time thinking I was finally ready to finish. But I never really made any progress — I wanted it to be just right, and I fell into an editing and re-editing spiral. But, of course, just right is a mirage that never materializes, and that mirage prevented me from … actually finishing this newsletter.
Is the prose here any better for all of that incremental faux-progress? Probably not! I wanted it to be, but I know that if I had just gotten it done when I wanted to, instead of examining every word with a microscope, I could’ve saved myself a lot of unnecessary stress (and actually hit my self-imposed deadline). And that needless obsession with perfection is kind of the whole deal: By agonizing over tiny improvements in our work — if they even are improvements — we prevent ourselves from achieving the actual goal of, you know, doing the work.
“At some point, we must remind ourselves, any changes we make to a creation no longer make it better but just different (and sometimes worse),” Dr. Alex Lickerman wrote in Psychology Today on the topic of just getting things done. “Recognizing that inflection point — the point at which our continuing to rework our work reaches a law of diminishing returns — is one of the hardest skills to learn, but also one of the most necessary.”
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7 days ago by rgl7194
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8 days ago by joostw
RT lunamoth : It’s Never Going to Be Perfect, So Just Get It Done - The New York Times http://bit.ly/2XyCYCh In other words, just getting it done — whether that’s a decision you have to make or work you have to do — will leave you more satisfied than if you had agonized over the task in the July 09, 2019 at 09:29PM http://twitter.com/lunamoth/status/1148569797858193410
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8 days ago by seoulrain
Good advice for many engineering and science tasks.
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9 days ago by craniac
I feel as if went out of the way to observe my life and write an article to help me.
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9 days ago by hopeless
This works for me. Try it. "Focus far less on the end result, and far more on the process"
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9 days ago by kohlmannj
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9 days ago by AnthonyBaker
Voltaire was right.
9 days ago by jackpinboard
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