Why “Done” Is Better than “Perfect”

September 20, 2016

Career Advice

11964336525_cceb042100_zGood for you! You want to do your best work. No one can blame you for that. But whether it’s writing the perfect cover letter, finding the perfect interview attire, or going above and beyond on your first assignment in your new job… being done is better than being perfect. Here’s why:

  1. You need to be more productive.
    Working hard is respectable, but not all hard work is smart work. If your plight for perfection is causing you to miss deadlines or stress yourself out, then something is wrong. You need to find the most efficient way to get the job done. Try some of these creative productivity hacks.
  2. You need to learn how to prioritize.
    Have you ever thought your time may be better spent doing something else? Instead of perfecting the Power Point deck design for an extra hour, that last hour may have been better spent practicing your presentation. Think about what will give you the biggest results — a pretty looking slide or a rock solid speech?
  3. You can always go back and revise.
    In the writing world, some novelists spend months outlining a story from beginning to end. They won’t write the first sentence until every problem is figured out…but that day may never come. The “crappy first draft” mantra encourages writers to put pen to paper and get started. Once a draft is made, you can always go back and revise. This can apply to a cover letter, a big project, or a speech. We learn best by doing. So start doing!

Image via Sean MacEntee/Flickr.


About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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