Intentionality and the Struggle with Perfectionism

Wow. It’s been a while since I posted something. Not the first time there’s been a big gap, and probably not the last, so let’s not dwell on that.

Something that’s been on my mind for a while now and kind of relates to me not getting blog posts written is the idea of not being organized to get done what you want to get done when you want to get it done. Part of it is organization and part of it is motivation. However in my case another part of it is my constant struggle with perfectionism and over-planning.

This may sound surprising to anyone who’s ever seen my office (or my car) but it’s a real challenge for me on anything that I’m trying to create. I tend to get sucked into the constant battle of doing things “right”, following all the best practices, and most dangerously, trying to get all of that done before I begin work on the project. The ultimate result of which is that the projects never get started.

I also struggle with this in my day job, but since those nice folks are paying me I end up having to start before I feel things are ready to avoid missing deadlines. This means I get things done, and people are typically happy with them, but I always feel like there could have been a better way and ultimately I’m not happy with the results.

I had a conversation with a friend of mine and that resulted in his [creating a podcast about getting things done]( I’m glad I was able to inspire someone, and it sort of inspired me. I listened to that show about four times over the next couple of weeks trying to figure out the magic, the secret, the hidden gem of wisdom. I didn’t find one.

Yesterday it hit me as I was out for a rather long late-night drive. The podcast itself was the answer to my question. The secret wasn’t a secret at all. The truth was so simple I completely missed the point. What is the secret? Intentionality. Simple intentionality. He said he was going to do a thing, and he did it. Simple. Uncomplicated. Why couldn’t I do that?

So here we go, my first crack at intentionality.

I leave you with these words, attributed to Voltaire: “[Perfect is the enemy of good.](”