I find it strange that so many of us tend to be obsessed with perfection when much of the time trying to be perfect actually ends up being counterproductive. I often come across businesses that offer 100% perfection in their work, and I always ask myself if it’s really necessary. Perfectionism is a romantic, though dangerous notion—one that can quickly turn into an addiction, and even take down your business in the end. In the uncompromising pursuit of perfection, you may end up submitting work well after the agreed deadline, for instance, and run the risk of damaging your reputation, your working relationships, and your company’s efficiency.
As a business owner myself, I have learned the hard way to draw a line and declare when the work is good enough to be considered finished. This can be tricky because perfection is a very relative measure. What seems okay to you might seem perfect to your client. Where it can all go wrong is when your “good enough” is perfect for your client, but you don’t stop working on it until your mind tells you that it’s perfect. I’m not saying that you should serve up shoddy work. There’s a fine line between excellence and perfection. You can strive for excellence in your work by making sure all the bases are covered and you’re not cutting any corners.
For example, if you’re developing a website for a client, you should know exactly what the client’s requirements are and develop a site that will satisfy their desires and function properly. There’s no need to add extra bells and whistles that your client doesn’t actually need. Don’t try to optimize a website for handling huge amounts of traffic that in reality it would never experience, You can always make adjustments and improvements to your projects later as they become necessary. Don’t keep delaying the completion of your work for something your client simply doesn’t need.
One of the main reasons that business owners try to be perfect is that they fear of losing to other competitors in the marketplace. As a result, it can difficult for them to understand that, first and foremost, work needs to be delivered on time. You can always improve it at a later stage. But if you fail to meet deadlines, then you’re making it easier for competing companies to snatch away you’re work. Wouldn’t a company that delivers their work imperfectly but within the time frame be a more favorable choice for your client?
So my advice to you is to “Get Past Perfect.” Don’t let perfection take your work hostage. Release it. Set it free, and remember that “done is always better than perfect.”