Perfectly Imperfect

This article is dedicated to all you perfectionists out there.

Yeah, you know who you are. 😉

If you’re anything like I was, you find yourself spending extra time tweaking and improving on things that doesn’t really add value to your business. 

It’s easy to get caught up in wanting everything to be perfect. This can also go hand-in-hand with those who struggle with procrastination.  These two entrepreneurial struggles are like twin brothers. You can’t always tell them apart.

Overcoming being a perfectionist is one of the hardest things many of us will ever do because chances are, we’ve been like this our entire lives and not just in the business realm.  We want things to be as great as they can be and we find it hard to settle for anything less.

When it comes to business, this can lead to delayed launches or projects that never get to market.  We pick it apart, come up with new ideas or ways to constantly improve it. 

Now don’t get me wrong, being a perfectionist can be an incredible asset for us entrepreneurs because it also means that we won’t just throw out lousy products or services just to be doing something.  

At the same time, we need to learn to let go and that nothing will ever be perfect no matter how much time or energy we spend on it.  

The key is to start looking at perfectionism as an enemy to your business. It will cost you money and time.  Being perfect is impossible and putting out an error-free product or a service that doesn’t ever encounter its share of hiccups is also unachievable. 

One of the ways to improve productivity is to assign a time frame to each product either by days or hours, and stick to it.  Set a deadline for yourself and be ruthless in not allowing any changes to be made.  

Taking action is the only way you’ll ever get to the level of success that you deserve, so try to adopt the mindset that it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be done.  Launched is better than perfect. 

Available is better than a project sitting on your hard drive.  Sure, there’s always room to improve and you will, but only by being consistently productive and seeing things through.

In closing, I’ll leave you with a few tips that have helped me to stay on track and maximize the value of the time I spent on my business. 

Failures Will Make You a Better Entrepreneur

I know, hard to believe, but it’s true.  If you accept that despite the best laid plans and the most detailed business strategy known to man, you’re still going to encounter struggles and failures, then you’ll become a better, more confident and focused entrepreneur.  

Don’t let mistakes or failures weigh you down.

Instead, learn from every mistake because they’re important lessons that will help you create better products or cater to clients and customers in a more effective way.

Set time limits on everything.

Just like we can easily go overboard with the time we spend on projects; we can equally do the same with our down-time.  Try to create a balance between having a personal life and a consistent work one.  Commit to a schedule and stick to it. 

Perfectionists can easily waste a ton of valuable time by focusing on only one aspect of a project. Instead, work towards prioritizing your goals based on what’s most important.  Focus on getting that done and you won’t struggle to meet deadlines or find yourself scrambling to get other things done because you spent too much time on just one thing.

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