Good timing beats perfect execution

A vintage analog clock showing what it is by the time before the alarm beeps.
Think of yourself as an artist making a sketch to get the composition clear in his mind, the blocks of color, the balance, and the rest. With that done, you can worry about the fine points. — Isaac Asimov
I have to remind myself of this everyday.

Usually, I worry too much about getting things right the first time, which leads to analysis-paralysis, which in turn leads to throwing in the towel at the first sign of trouble. Sad, but true.

Achieving perfection in the first attempt is impossible. I know that. You know that.

And if by some genius stroke of luck, we do achieve “perfection” in our work, it’s a fleeting emotion at best, which lasts until we see our work again with fresh eyes.

So instead, let’s iterate to get better every time, instead of getting stuck in the unending loop of achieving perfection:
  • Do
  • Test
  • Learn
  • Revise

unsplash-logoSonja Langford