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4 Easy Ways to Overcome Your Perfectionist Tendencies

4 Easy Ways to Overcome Your Perfectionist Tendencies

October 22, 2015

What might seem counterintuitive can increase your productivity the most.

Question: As a first-time entrepreneur, how can I overcome my obsession with perfecting every part of my business?

 

Follow Your Gut

"In seeking perfection, updates will always be required. Like a piece of art, there will always be more to improve upon. Build it to a point where it is functional and then push it out. Sometimes there isn't always a demand for what you initially think should be improved upon. Customers will give you constructive criticism about what you should focus on."

JESSICA BAKER 
Aligned Signs

Focus Your Energy Where It Matters Most

"It can be hard to admit that not everything in your business will be run flawlessly, especially at the beginning. If you recognize your strengths and weaknesses, you can focus perfectionist energy on the aspects of the business that only you can run. Leave other things (that don't align with your expertise) to people who can do those things better, then trust them to execute."

MELISSA ROBERTS 
Free State Strategy Group LLC

Set Clear Deadlines and Stick to Them

"As a busy entrepreneur, your time is your most valuable asset. Block off time in your calendar to accomplish big tasks. Then, when your time is up, send it out, regardless of how "perfect" it might be."

LISA CURTIS 
Kuli Kuli

Follow the 80-Percent Rule

"If you focus on perfection you won't get the work done. Our team at GetOutfitted relies on an 80 percent rule. If it's an 80-percent solution, ship it. If not, sprint to get to 80 percent and circle back. Each improvement is still only 80 percent of a perfect solution. It's amazing how happy customers can be with 80 percent of your ideal!"

JULIAN FLORES 
GetOutfitted, Inc.



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