May 8, 2014 3:45 PM Subscribe
I've always thought my focus on perfectionism and doing things right was a good thing, but now I'm questioning it. How do you figure out the right level of perfectionism?
posted by suburbs to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I always try to do things well. If it's schoolwork, I do a thorough, high-quality job. If I'm reading something important or writing an important reflection, I try to get in the best environment for it, since I see it as a waste if I (for example) read something important but not in the right environment that lets me take the time to think about it, or take notes, or whatever. I want to maximize the opportunities that I have, and not do them half-assedly.
But the problem I'm seeing with this focus on maximizing opportunities and high quality is that, for schoolwork, the time I spend doing any individual piece of schoolwork is high, and as a result I don't do enough of it and I fall behind. And with books and writing, because I always want to be in the best environment to do those things, I read few books a year and rarely write.
I've always thought it was worth it - quality over quantity. But lately I'm thinking that (for example) not reading a ton of books and trying to get the most out of them (marking them up, writing notes, being in the right environment) is making me read fewer and there's a point where doing fewer things is bad, even if I do them better. I won't go on a date if I don't feel I'm in the right environment; won't post an AskMeFi question that isn't well-written, etc.
I think the discipline to do things more perfect than others is generally a good thing, but it's also hindering some parts of my life and using up a lot of time.
How do I figure out what level of perfection is right? Interested to hear your experience if you have gone through this before.