While some may equate perfectionism with detail-oriented output, it also takes a serious toll on your happiness — and, it turns out, your overall productivity. Avoid falling into the perfectionist trap by keeping the big picture in mind.
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It may seem counterintuitive that being a perfectionist can actually keep you from working at your best, but it's true — while you may be happier with the end result, you become much less efficient. Productivity blog Stepcase Lifehack reminds us of the 80/20 rule: 80 per cent of output can be achieved in 20 per cent of time spent. Thus, the more you strive for 100 per cent perfection, the more valuable time you're wasting that could be spent on another project.
The key to avoiding this trap is to know the big picture of what you're trying to accomplish. Obsessing over the details won't accomplish anything — and may not even produce a noticeable difference in the final product to anyone but you. Once you've accomplished the main goal, move on — you can get so much more done on the next objective in line instead of fussing over problems that don't really matter. Hit the link for more great tips about dealing with perfectionism, and share your own with us in the comments!