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Why Your Pursuit of Perfection is Destroying Your Productivity

Posted on March 28th, 2016 Read time: 2 minutes

As an entrepreneur, perfection is often your greatest obstacle to productivity. The following reasons explain why this is the case, and how to overcome this issue.

  • Wasted Time

In today’s fast-paced business world, letting perfectionism slow you down will kill your company. Rather than testing and retesting your products or services until they’re perfect, you need to launch and redesign based on customer feedback before your product or service becomes obsolete or a competitor beats you to it. As with successful inventors, you have to find out what doesn’t work – so you can find out what does.

  • Lost Creativity

Obsession with perfection squashes innovation and imagination. Feeling judged and criticized for your ideas means you’re less likely to come up with new ones. Learn to embrace brainstorming and treat all potential ideas as good. Allow flexibility to envision and create new solutions, products, and policies to help your business move forward.

  • Confidence Erosion

Don’t make your self confidence dependent on achieving your business goals. You’ll never feel good about yourself with these types of stipulations. Focus on your principles rather than performance. Apply your core values to your leadership and development. You’ll be happier and more productive then.

  • Lack of Delegation

Believing things have to be done your way to be successful or not trusting others to complete projects means you miss the big picture. You overwork by micromanaging rather than leading. Trust your team members and play up their strengths. You’ll cultivate an environment that’s more engaged and productive as a result.

  • Giving Up

Viewing failure as catastrophic causes you to give up when things don’t go your way. You see negative feedback as attacking your character. Rather than personalizing what didn’t work out, utilize your data to revamp your plans and produce a better product or service. You’ll find out how to improve your product or service and understand your clients’ needs better, which will improve your bottom line.

Rather than letting perfectionism hold you back, do the best you can in the time you have and let the rest go. For help with getting more work accomplished in less time for a lower cost, reach out to the experts at Innovative Employee Solutions today!

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