My name is Karl and I’m a recovering perfectionist. Unchecked, perfectionism leads to procrastination, because nothing is ever quite perfect. Unmanaged, this can become a dangerous spiral for anyone, especially when it comes to meeting deadlines.
How do I cope with this? What’s my solution? Over time, I’ve finally realized that it’s usually better to be 90-95% now than to be 100% perfect later. I can’t get as much done if I wait ’til everything’s perfect, and I like getting things done.
Life isn’t always so regimented, but it’s a good way to look at things. If it’s done, I can edit it, or we’ll capture it in the QA process. I use that in scheduling projects as a project manager — we need to finish the core functionality first, and then add the bells and whistles later.
How do you handle procrastination and perfectionism? I suggest reading the rest of Bossypants (or listening to the narrated-by-Tina-Fey audio book) for more useful — and funny — career and life advice.