Done is better than perfect

‘Nothing is more satisfying than a job well done’ and ‘if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing right.” so you would imagine getting something done rather than perfect wouldn’t be great advice.

However sometimes you just have to be pragmatic. There isn’t enough time to do everything perfectly, and actually doing it perfectly might be bad! Which leads me to my saying of the moment…

Don’t do things right, do the right things.

I’ve had a few arguments with people on whether this saying is any use. They just can’t accept that sometimes it is better to do something badly (which makes me wonder if they’ve got too much time on their hands and have never had to prioritise it).

For me the problem with doing a good (or right) job is how are you defining the job and from this how are you measuring its value (or rightness). Is your job just doing that one thing or is it making sure ten things happen and prioritising to get the most value out of them. Is getting one thing right just distracting from the bigger picture and the bigger goals.

Put simply, I could write fantastic proses but have no one see them, or like so many bloggers, barely string a sentence together but write something that strikes a topical note and goes viral.

Obviously ideally we want to do both but where you can’t, think ‘right things’ before ‘things right’.

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One response to “Done is better than perfect

  1. Pingback: Solve the right problem « Give me wisdom

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