Get The Job Done Instead of Perfectionism
Perfectionism means that you are still doing more than you have done before. Nothing is good enough to be let loose on the world.
You may foresee the wishes of the users of your product without checking. You guess what your boss means by a perfect presentation. You can predict what your customers might expect from your product. Where is this taking you?
All of this prevents you from getting into action and from collecting honest feedback about your product. You make assumptions and work straight away to act on them. What doesn't get you any further?
Perhaps, you are acting out of fear of making the project public and exposing yourself to criticism? Or it doesn't get that far, and you plan the perfect product long in advance without getting into action.
Both of these do not lead to anything. Perfectionism is not a good advisor. Better be productive.
Your Demands Instead of Perfectionism
Ask yourself: What are your demands on you, on the result of your work? Do you want to ensure that your presentation is kept in the company's style, is correct in terms of content, and is appealing? That she does her job and convinces both the boss and the end customer?
Should your product solve an actual problem for your customers in such a way that they will buy it and enjoy working with it?
These are the values that you shouldn't do without. They make sure that you are perfect, that you deliver quality. But so that you don't have to guess what your goals are in detail, you need valid information and a reliable framework for your project.
Information Instead of Perfectionism
The good news is that "being good is simply good enough." Deliver quality according to criteria known to you and recognized by the target group, but also according to your standards.
Sometimes, you should do it without adding decorations or assuming features that are nice to have. Focus on what you want to achieve.
Get the information about what is good enough in a specific case. Here's how:
- For each task, learn what is good enough, what is essential, and what's not.
- Specifications such as corporate design and custom wording for the presentation
- Specifications from the customer for the product
- Budget and time frame for everything you do.
- You will only receive valid data on what could be done better once you have completed your good project and approved it for feedback.
The Golden Triangle of Productivity
There is an excellent tool to keep you on track with the implementation: The three dimensions of a project, only two of which can ever be fulfilled:
- Features or quality
To say in detail:
- If you have to implement high quality and extra features in a short time, the costs increase
- If you want to implement high quality and extra features as cheaply as possible, it takes a little longer
- If you want to implement a project quickly and cheaply, there is no room for extras