“That’ll do” or “it’s good enough” – two phrases that strike fear into the hearts of many.
Have you ever found yourself delaying a project to stress over the final 3%? The images that aren’t in line, the text link that is the wrong colour, the scroll effect that just won’t load?
I see you nodding your head over there.
It’s time to be realistic,
apart from this article **cough**, nothing is ever going to be perfect.
I’ve never been one for being a perfectionist, it just isn’t in my nature.
Whilst I do overthink things, it’s never about perfectionism.
However, the amount of people I see crippled by this ‘disease’ is phenomenal.
My honest and upfront thoughts? No one cares.
No one cares if your image is 12 pixels too far to the left, or that it’s not inline with a paragraph to the left of it. No one cares.
Hell, most people probably won’t even notice.
The ones who do? Good on them, they’ve spotted a quirk — no prizes for the winner.
I say the above from experience. Whilst I’ve never been a perfectionist, I’ve spent more time than I care to admit trying to tweak shit that really doesn’t make one iota of difference.
“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it” – salvador dali
Every thing is, and always will be a work in progress.
Some of the most successful entrepreneurs I know have websites that absolutely SUCK. It truly pains me, but hey, they’re the ones kicking ass and taking names because they executed.
What should you do if you get stuck in the trap?
- Get a notepad, open Trello or any popular noting location
- Write down your key goals of the project, deadlines, launch dates etc
- List the major steps that need to be achieved to reach that goal
- Stop focussing on the micro and put your attention on achieving that larger chunk — do anything it takes to get you there.
Remember that what you do isn’t set in stone, you can always change it in the future (although I guarantee you’ll have forgotten by then because it’s that unimportant).
Stop over thinking, stop perfecting and start doing, you’ll please more people that way (including yourself).