Obsessed With Perfection/ Collectivitea

Are we obsessed with perfection? I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately as I prepare for an overhaul of the website to incorporate the new marketplace. I’ve been thinking about colors, design and user interface and I want it to be perfect. Do you need things to be ‘just so’ or perfect?  All the time or even, most of the time? In my late 20s and 30s, I wanted everything to be perfect before I could move on- whether it was a grad school/work project or something at home, I obsessed over details and worked at it until everything was exactly the way I wanted it to be. The end result was to my satisfaction and yes, it’s important to give your best  but the downside, in hindsight, was that I spent longer time on everything and probably worried and obsessed over the minutia more than I needed to. Because wanting perfection every time can also mean that you are bogged down by the details and lose sight of the larger picture. It’s one thing to want a class assignment to be perfect and quite another to apply it to life! And sometimes, waiting for perfection means you never start… Now, in my 40s, I start things even if they are not perfect to begin with because that’s how I learn. I’ve been thinking (or re-thinking) about all this lately and I want to know what you feel. Join in the conversation!

Image credits: Studio Collectivitea


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  1. Meera

    “Waiting for perfection means you never start”. This is so true! I had a boss at work who used to tell me that it is better to be “roughly right” than chase perfection. I embraced that concept in my 30s and now at 43 myself, found I got a lot more accomplished as a result. Your web-site is already perfect. I am looking forward to the market place!

  2. Deepika

    Priya , I guess I’m the opposite , I would say I’m detail oriented but I’m not a sucker for perfection , I think visually there is beauty in imperfection and you can evolve and reach to a satisfactory point once you start a project . and I feel it’s ok to make mistakes .Downside is sometimes I feel I’m putting myself out there in the open for people to critique / give unsolicited advice … My better half is more like you … No offense meant but Obsessed with perfection that sometimes it does drive me nuts …?