Do you find yourself agonizing over every little detail? Does it take you 3 times as long to carry out a task because you are trying to get it “just right?” If so, you might be a perfectionist? It’s not an uncommon personality trait to see in the business world and it can be an aid to push people to endeavor to do their best. In extreme cases, though, it leads to wasted time and resources. The outcome usually doesn’t justify the immense effort that went into it. If you find yourself in the web of extreme perfectionism, here are a few tips that can lead you out.
Make a Decision and Stick to it
You make good decisions; that is why you are managing the projects you are working on. So when you make a decision, stick to it. Try not to second-guess yourself - this just wastes time. Who’s to say your fourth or fifth decision will be any better or beneficial? If you start that second-guessing game, it can spiral out of control!
Trust your Employees
When you unveil your plan to your employees they will inevitably have opinions. Listen to what they have to say! If they tell you it’s a good idea, trust them. This will stop you from falling into the questioning game. Also, their skills are your resources, so trust them to execute their part of the plan well. You hired them because you trust their skills, right? And lastly, before you get settled into your plan be sure you…
Have a Plan B
You never know what’s going to happen! A hurdle may arise that can't be overcome, so make sure you have a plan B. A backup plan can help you from getting entrenched too deeply in your first plan and devastated if things go wrong. The more flexible and ready for change you are, the easier it is to adapt to things life throws at you.
Having a critical eye and a touch of perfectionism can help you execute top quality offerings. However, it can become detrimental to your business if you don’t stay flexible. If you find yourself caught up in perfectionism, use the steps I’ve outlined above. You can also avoid perfectionism pitfalls all together, learn how to do that here.