11 May 2012

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Work Smarter, Not Harder [Infographic]

Everyone would rather be excellent rather than mediocre. We all want to do things well and to be the best at what we do. While this is a noble and life-affirming value, we sometimes push it to the point where it becomes a neurotic tendency and we become perfectionists.

When we constantly aim to be perfect, we actually get worse at what we wish to be excel in. Most work is routine; it has to be done quickly and efficiently. When you add the perfection factor, you grind productivity to a halt. Instead of becoming efficient at what you do and enjoying the rewards of that expertise and mastery, you become just the opposite—someone with an obsessive-compulsive way of doing things.

Perfectionism has three fatal flaws. One, you spend a disproportionate amount of time doing one task and falling behind on all other tasks. Two, you overdo something and pass the point when it was just right. Three, you exhaust yourself and frustrate everyone who has to work with you.

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