Some days we look at our schedule and we can’t imagine how we will accomplish what needs done. Do you have a, getting things done habit?
Most people seem to operate from one of two schools of thought.
- Work hard, be determined, get quality work accomplished and check it off the list.
- Work hard, be determined, second guess the quality, find doubt in the quality, set it aside for later.
Either case might have value or seem like the right decision at the time. What is your habit?
Getting Things Done Habit
You absolutely never want to deliver or turn in work that is of poor quality, but sometimes we have to be okay with the current quality. The truth is that we have to find the right balance. In some circles we might call this tolerance.
I often suggest to people that for nearly any task you can accomplish eighty percent of the work in twenty percent of the total time required. However many people will spend eighty percent of the total time required trying to achieve perfection which is only twenty percent (or less) of the finished product.
I find two things to be true:
- The strictest people, the perfectionist, those with doubt that overshadows confidence might need to release more work.
- The people who believe the check box is more important than the quality need to seek more perfection.
When you really need to get a lot accomplished you might have to rethink your strategy.
Having a strong work ethic is important. Caring about delivering exceptional quality might be even more important. In some cases though, you have to label the work as finished. Otherwise, you’ll never get anything done.
Find the balance in your getting things done habit.
Someone mgiht think you four it, or perhaps not.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.