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Done Is Better Than Perfect

The phrase “done is better than perfect” is a popular concept that has gained traction recently, particularly within the startup and entrepreneurial communities. I say it all the time, it’s become a bit of a mantra. The idea is that instead of striving for perfection, it’s more important to simply get things done and move forward. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the concept of “done is better than perfect” and explore its implications.

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The “done is better than perfect” mindset is particularly relevant for small business owners and entrepreneurs, who often wear many hats and have to juggle multiple tasks at once. It can be easy to get bogged down in the details and to spend too much time trying to perfect a project or task. But the reality is that in a fast-paced business environment, time is a precious commodity, and it’s often more important to simply get things done and move on to the next task.

I hear it all the time from clients and it’s something that tends to hold them back. It can cause task paralysis and is generally not conducive to productivity at all!

One of the key benefits of the “done is better than perfect” mindset is that it helps to prevent procrastination. When we’re striving for perfection, it can be easy to put things off, thinking that we need more time or more information before we can proceed. But by embracing the idea that “done is better than perfect,” we’re more likely to take action and get things done in a timely manner.

Graph paper saying "Do it now. Sometimes 'later' becomes never" on a grey background with a black pen and red cup.

Additionally, the “done is better than perfect” mindset also helps to promote creativity and innovation. When we’re too focused on perfection, we can become overly cautious and risk-averse, which can stifle creativity and prevent us from taking bold steps forward. But when we’re focused on getting things done, we’re more likely to take risks and explore new ideas, which can lead to breakthroughs and innovation.

It also helps to build resilience and adaptability. When we’re focused on perfection, we can become overly attached to a specific outcome, and we can become discouraged or demotivated when things don’t go as planned. But when we’re focused on getting things done, we’re more likely to be flexible and adaptable, and we’re better able to handle setbacks and challenges.

It’s important to note, however, that the “done is better than perfect” mindset doesn’t mean that quality should be overlooked. It’s still important to pay attention to details and to ensure that the work is of high quality, but it’s also important to recognise that there will always be room for improvement and that it’s better to deliver something that is functional and useful, rather than waiting until it’s perfect.

Hand holding a piece of paper that says imperfect with some scissors cutting between the im and the perfect

“Done is better than perfect” can also be applied to personal growth and self-improvement. Often, people tend to postpone taking action towards achieving their goals because they believe they’re not ready or not good enough. Applying this mantra can help to break this cycle of procrastination and self-doubt by reminding us that we don’t have to be perfect to take action and make progress.

So what are you waiting for?

Get it done!

Ana x

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