saw an interesting approach to New Year’s Eve Resolutions. Instead of describing what you are hoping to do, think about why you are going to do it. Why wait until Jan. 1 to start exercising? If you really wanted to do it, you would be doing it. One approach is to pick one word to guide you throughout the year.
I thought about it for a while but I’ve now picked out my word: PERFEKTION
Why that word? No, I’m not German and saying that I want to be perfect. I’ve picked this word because it symbolizes imperfection to me.
I needed a word to get me to ‘just do it’. I am often doing things at the last minute as explored a bit in this post. But when I have more time, I spend more time planning than doing so extra time doesn’t help me.
I don’t know about you but I’m one of those strange people that seems to be better at deadlines and mundane tasks when I’m doing a lot. When there is a lot of time, I fill it up with planning the perfect approach and it is a time waster. Because I’m trying to balance out my life and give myself more free time, I don’t want to squander time and I need to get myself to just do it.
I’ve also found that writing this blog brings out my insecurities. I’m doing this blog to improve my writing so I need to get writing! Plus, I find that it is easier to edit a first draft than craft perfect (or good) sentences the first time.
I’ve put some reminders in my various workplaces:
- Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien. Voltaire
- Done is better than perfect. Scott Allen
- Dare to make mistakes
I will embrace imperfection and focus on doing things instead of thinking about them. Perfection isn’t possible and I’ll settle for good – or improving. If you have any good quotes or suggestions, please let me know!