By: Chase Nagata
There will be times where, within a project, the team may decide to choose quality over quantity far too much than necessary, and this can sometimes lead to ruined time management. In many different types of projects, especially creative works, it is easy to get caught up in the pursuit to make something as perfect as possible and to reach a certain goal that you hold to yourself instead of reaching the goal the team has collectively made.
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1. When it comes to the client, they do not see much of a difference between market standard and expert standard, and thus there should be a strive to not make them very different from each other. Many people succumb to their perfectionist side without even noticing it, so knowing about the perfectionism within yourself is half the battle. Putting in more time than necessary into a project, spending hours on a specific part may not even be recognized by the team or the client. Reaching too far for perfection might not only waste you and the client’s time, but also both of your resources as well.
2. Despite the idea for perfection being in a positive light, it’s actually pessimistic to observe a project and continue to wish to yourself that you could’ve done better, that you could have done more. Accepting and feeling satisfaction from the final project is a much more optimistic approach that will bring a more positive vibe to the project as a whole.
There is a very fine line between perfection and obsession, and becoming too attached to making a project perfect is not perfection. Becoming obsessed with making something godlike is unreasonable and not a good trait to have within a company.
"There is a very fine line between perfection and obsession, and becoming too attached to making a project perfect is not perfection."
3. Even if a company can somehow produce perfect projects without wasting too much time, it’s not healthy for the competition. Making something perfect could potentially make the competition less likely to be friendly and make the competition fierce. Perfectionism can make someone feel prideful, and accumulating excessive pride would only create arrogance and exclusive self-respect. This can create tension between companies.
Another important factor is that perfection in the eyes of the creator will be different than perfection in the eyes of the beholder. It is very possible that a project can look exceptional, only to be ruined by a final decision made by the creator as a way to try and push expectations too far. A well-made product can have its value weakened by a decision to try and make the value higher.
4. Imagine perfection as infinity. Many people have heard that nobody is perfect, but that also means that nothing is perfect, either. There can be the strive to make it better, and it’s very welcome, but to strive for godlike results and absolute perfection, it can’t happen and reaching for it is what creates obsession. Attempting to make something absolutely perfect is impossible and is not logical. Perfection is an idea, a perception within our minds; perfection is not fact.
The only opinion on perfection that truly matters when making a product is the client’s ideal of perfection. Since it is being made for the client, their opinion matters the most, and thus if the deem the project to be perfect, there is no need for there to be any more changes, despite whatever changes you might have to make something different.
5. There are many people who are already under the influence of perfection, and the best way to conquer this feeling of the result never being enough is through feedback. Asking coworkers about their opinions on the project and what has been made will allow you to gather your own opinion through the information and decide whether changes need to be made depending on the results of the feedback.
With all this being said, there is a level of experience earned that comes from carrying too far with perfectionism; it helps define and helps you understand what works and what doesn’t work, when it comes to your capabilities and limits. Pushing too far is a good way of knowing what your limits are and when to stop, as long as it doesn’t become a habit.
"Asking coworkers about their opinions on the project and what has been made will allow you to gather your own opinion through the information and decide whether changes need to be made depending on the results of the feedback."
6. On the other hand, accepting mistakes will help build up the optimistic feel of accepting a project as a while and allow you to feel satisfaction from a job well done instead of constantly being bothered by one measly mistake.
Accepting the things you have accomplished is more important than constantly thinking about the things you could have accomplished.