When Are You Done?

by Juliana Trichilo Cina, jtcina.com

If you’re a perfectionist, you may never complete a project because it’s never quite perfect. If there are millions of perfectionists that manage to get things done, what’s their secret?

Learning to let go before you’ve reached your standards is a difficult thing to do. But, it’s a lesson you need to learn.

I like to stop working on a project when I think it’s between 70-75% done. That works for me in the business/professional world. In my academic world, I need to aim a bit higher for my own comfort – between 80-85%.

The “100% Complete” status that most of us seek is elusive because it pushes further and further out as you get closer to it. New arguments come up, new loop-holes are found. I’ve been “updating” a paper on human rights for almost two years now. It’s never been “ready” to send out for publishing.


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When Are You Done?

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