My name is Catherine, and I am a perfectionist. It’s been about a year and a half since my last debilitating bout of perfectionism, but I know that it could rear its ugly head at any moment if I’m not careful.
OK, I’m being a bit facetious, but perfectionism really was a big problem for me, and I do have to be conscious of not slipping back into those bad habits. This quote from productivity author Edwin Bliss is an important reminder for people like me: Striving for perfection is a waste of time. It wastes your own time, and it wastes your organization’s time.
On the other hand, striving for excellence—as an individual, as an employee and as a manager—is always worth the effort. Go for it!