perfect is the enemy of good (or done)…

With the help of Voltaire, I’ve created a quick reference to help with my ever present procrastination.  I refer to things I’ve left undone as an “open loop”.  I can put a quick circle to illustrate whether I’ve just started, I’m in the middle or only have just a little bit left to “close the loop”.

“Perfect is the enemy of good is an aphorism, an English variant of the older better is the enemy of good, which was popularized by Voltaire in French form.” (Wikipedia)

It’s worked pretty well for me so far, except when I get struck by the beauty and simplicity of the shape and start researching circular song lyrics, photographs or poetry…baby steps, Lisa, baby steps.

3 thoughts on “perfect is the enemy of good (or done)…

  1. Lisa,
    I appreciate the visual illustration on closing the loop and completing a project.
    Three books that have helped me in the realm of attcking procrastination and falling down the “rabbit hole” of diversions and overcoming the tyranny of the urgent are:

    (1) The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
    (2) The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life.
    By Bernard Roth
    (3) Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.

    I think The War of Art would really resonate
    with you and it is a quick read.


  2. Lisa it is a pleasure riding along on your ever-free expressive path. I love the way you keep considering and never stand still with thoughts.
    Have to say I laughed quite loudly when I read that you began viewing the “Loop” as a form of art.
    A blog I enjoy immensely is “Course of Mirrors”. Ashen is a beautiful soul and you may enjoy following her as well.

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