Quirks that Cost us Time
Bigg success is life on your own terms. The five elements of bigg success are money, time, growth, work and play. Today we want to focus on time.
Quirks. Call them peculiarities, idiosyncracies, habits, oddities, eccentricities …
Okay, we’ll end our tour of the Thesaurus!
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We all have quirks which, to some extent, make us who we are. But some of them get in the way of our bigg success. There’s way too many to cover in a short post, so we’ll discuss a few quirks that perfectionists sometimes exhibit.
Ah … perfectionism. I have to admit to falling into this one, but I get it honestly – my Dad was a perfectionist. To this day, I have to fight the urge to get it perfect. It’s too high of a standard for most of the things we do. We’re only human; we need to accept it.
The Compulsive Cleaning Quirk
Something that goes along with perfectionism is being obsessive about something. For example – the Compulsive Cleaning Quirk. No one could accuse me of this. Maybe the Compulsive Picking Up for the Cleaning Person quirk!
We’re told from the time we’re kids that cleanliness is next to godliness. So Compulsive Cleaners clean … and clean … and clean. And they pick up … and pick up … and pick up. Obviously, clean and tidy are good things but there are limits. This quirk sweeps away your valuable time.
The Infomaniac Quirk
This is a quirk I constantly fight. It’s the need to have all the information before you get started. News flash – it’s impossible! There’s just too much information available. There are too many options these days. This quirk deletes your productive time.
The Minutiae Quirk
People who fall into this trap get caught up in all the little details and lose sight of the bigg picture. It’s important not to get mired down in the bits and pieces and lose track of the cohesive whole. This quirk turns your activities into trivial pursuits.
Perfectionism can hurt our productivity. So when you feel your quirkiness coming out, here are some little things that make a bigg difference:
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
Perfectionists aren’t going to settle for anything less than stellar. You will still put out a high quality product or service, but remind yourself that you don’t have to get it perfect.
Even though my Dad was a perfectionist, he had this saying, “It’s good enough for who it’s for.” Of course, he usually said this when he was working on a project for himself! Remind yourself that sometimes good enough is good enough.
Know when to say “when”
Give yourself a deadline – be it thirty minutes or thirty days – to accomplish something. This will help you focus on moving ahead without getting caught up in trying to make something perfect.
Make a decision
Take comfort in the amount of information you have. Remind yourself that you can adapt as new information hits your radar.
Remind yourself that “the devil is in the details” but the destination is the direction. Don’t just begin with the end in mind as Stephen Covey taught us; keep the end in mind. Everything should move you closer to your destination.
A law and a question
The law of diminishing returns underlies this whole discussion. You reach a point where it’s just not worth your time to do anymore.
So how do you know when you’ve reached that point? Ask yourself about materiality.
If you press on, what material difference will you make to the finished product?
If it’s material, press on. If not, move on. It’s a key to bigg success.
Have you battled perfectionism? What have you done to get past it? Share that with us by leaving a comment below, calling us at 877.988.BIGG(2444) or e-mailing us at email@example.com.
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Frank Sinatra did it “his way.” Please join us next time when we’ll talk about why Frank wouldn’t make it today. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!
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