A while ago I told someone I was a perfectionist. And that person laughed at me. Because he couldn’t see that.
Now here’s a clue: Severe perfectionism doesn’t lead to a perfect result. Quite on the contrary it keeps you from getting started which again keeps you from getting finished so you can start over.
I’m working with myself to work faster during the first phases of an assignment. That way if anything comes up and I cannot work on that project I have a working solution ready. Also it gives me the choice of doing something else or go back and refine the product.
This post is written in less than 10 minutes I think. Digging out the quotes below: another 10 minutes. Easier to to let the precision slip when it is not tied to my name. Here is some inspiration:
“””All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.
Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity.”””
“””This was written in collaboration with Kio Stark in 20 minutes because we only had 20 minutes to get it done.”””
“””Writer’s block was invented in the early 1800s. Before then, writing was a labour and a craft. The more time you spent, the more skilled you became. You could then to produce better pieces, faster.””