Perfectionism - Good or Bad?

Last Update: March 03, 2018

Do you consider yourself a perfectionist? I sure do! But I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing. I've been this way all my life and used to take pride in it. But now I'm not too sure.

Joining Wealthy Affiliate has been one of the best decisions I've made. I enjoy the training, the tools and the people. I've also learned how to become a better blog writer. I just published my most recent post to my site, finishing the 1 month homework with the Super Affiliate Training group with Kyle. Whew, I was busy this month!!

I don't know about you, but it takes me a couple days at least to write a post. I spend time researching so that I'm using correct information, make an outline with pen and paper, then write my post in site content.

After including all my relevant pictures and links, I was ready for the final check. Time to hit the spell check button. I had no mistakes. Wow, what a feeling!!

Now, I don't know when I started thinking about this, or where I might have read something on it, but I began thinking about perfectionism. Maybe this is part of the reason why it's taking me so long to write a post?

As I write, I have a tendency to re-read what I just typed out, and go back to fix any spelling errors or grammar mistakes. This takes time!! Why not wait until the end and let spell check catch them.

It's not important to get a "no error" answer from spell check. What's important is trying to make the best use of your time. Especially as our business grows, demanding more of our time.

Personally, I am going to try to just type away, and keep my re-writing down to a minimum. It makes sense to go over your work at the end of the article, to see if it flows and you've followed the outline you intended to use. And even then, don't worry so much about spelling errors. The spell check will catch it.

I wonder what other areas in my life..... no, that's a whole other topic. HaHa.

Are you a perfectionist? Does this affect your work?

Let me know so I don't get a complex and think it's just me.... :)

Your friend,

Suzanne

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MarionBlack Premium
You're not alone Suzi
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suzieq Premium
ahhhh....that's where I read it!!!
Thanks Marion, that was driving me nuts LOL
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Foxhenley Premium
I was a perfectionist for the first fifty years of my life!
For the last few years, I haven't had time. It has been better
the last few years!
Janice
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suzieq Premium
Awesome!!! LOL
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bobrseno Premium
I've wondered what it would be like to just type and not correct right away. I just checked what I typed... and again just now!
I don't think I can do it. The struggle is real! LOL!

Hlep! I neeed hepl!
~Bob
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suzieq Premium
Hey Bob, you're hilarious! Oops, just corrected that LOL. Oh man, you're not kidding.
~Suzanne
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IvyT Premium
Yes, I am. But that’s only a problem if it means you miss deadlines. As some say: an 80% solution today is sometimes better than a 100% next week!
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suzieq Premium
You're right! I read that here somewhere, about an 80/20 rule. That it's better to publish at 80% than waste time getting to 100%. Tough lesson for me, haha
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IvyT Premium
There are plenty of situations in which it should always be 100% - I’d rather that structural engineers are delayed, than a sloppy bridge be built! But at least with your blog content there is always a chance to return to make improvements later. :)
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JerryMcCoy Premium
could be good could be bad
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