Striving for perfection is hard wired into who I am. I have a number of close friends who have the same hard wiring. It;s exhausting.
My laptop has this sticker on it
It was spotted yesterday in a team meeting and commented on 'do you think that would actually be acceptable'
I think if I was a rocket surgeon or a brain scientist then maybe perfection would be the aim, but in most other parts of life, home or work it's not actually necessary, or indeed healthy to have such high expectations of yourself or of others.
Perfectionism, as this great article explains affects your level of joy in life, and the level of self satisfaction and self worth you attach to your actions and achievements.
Got a to do list? Maybe have a i've done list too?
Think about tasks you've yet to complete? Maybe have a progress list?
Not completed everything or not done it to an exceptional standard? Give yourself a break, you're human.
My works approach to performance has 'exceeds expectations' as the highest standard you can reach. I have reached those dizzy heights before, but struggle to accept that I have, because there's always more to do and opportunity to do it better isn't there?
Lots of my work has long timescales for completion. Home life is similar.
It's clearly important to have an eye on the destination, but don't forget to both recognise and enjoy the journey.
I'm working on that. If you're a perfectionist maybe you could do as well. You'll feel better.
Mr Paul Wyse