Progress, Not Perfection

Everyday tasks and goals are actually baby steps on the way to achievement of the highest standards and accomplishments. Here are six progress-oriented strategies that can help free you from excessive self-criticism and increase you and your team’s creativity, satisfaction and confidence.
A “perfectionist,” has difficulty meeting deadlines.

Why ?

Because he dreads making even the smallest mistakes, putting a damper on creativity. He is also tense and rigid.

So he tends to take on only familiar challenges in order to guarantee that he will excel.

Striving for perfection and rejecting anything less can become an obstacle to innovation, but focusing on progress we learn to enjoy the journey as well as the destination.

Six progress-oriented strategies:

  1. Perfection is a Lie, nothing called Perfection. Progress is the Reality. Ask horizantally, How much features I added today? and don’t ask vertically, How much this feature is correct and has no bugs.
  2. Set Big Goal and divide it into small goals and Celebrate each and every small accomplishment regardless of the result.
  3. Celebrate and talk about small progresses that you made at the end of the day. This will energize you and your team and give you confidence and communication skills. If you want to only celebrate at the end of the project, then you will never celebrate
  4. Don’t Judge your work, and don’t ask after completing  the task, “How much of Standard I achieved ?”, but ask, “How much of Tasks I completed” and “How much of big Goal I’m”.
  5. License to Commit Mistakes. Some of great discoveries were a result of mistakes or try and error. No mistakes, no progress, innovation and learning.
  6. Never minimize your achievments, because you will minimize your energy and interest. “anybody could’ve done that.” phrases will kill you. Instead, encourage yourself and others around you by recognizing the significance of smaller tasks as part of the ultimate goal. Muster your enthusiasm by visualizing the final result.


Resource: Focus on Progress, Not Perfection


About Ahmed

Software craftsman, programmer, developer, system/business analyst, DBA and PM.
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