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Perfection Paralysis: How To Step Back And Stop Overanalyzing Your Work
Ambitious professionals who always strive to improve are often the most successful. These individuals are also typically perfectionists - which isn't necessarily a good thing. When you overanalyze your projects and keep finding flaws, it creates a bottleneck in your workflow and ultimately hurts your productivity.

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Consider Your Constraints

"In the business world, decisions need to be made in a certain time with a certain budget. Remember your work is not about being perfect, but providing the best insight yo...

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Take Small Steps

"Find what is the smallest and most important thing to work on, get feedback, and keep iterating. Focus on who is impacted by your work and engaged them often. It's a journey." - Alan T...

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Define And Visualize Success

"Reflect and visualize what success looks like. What are you trying to solve for? Jot it down on paper and compare your work objectively to this success criteria. Work with a ...

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Strive Toward 'Best For Now'

"It's easy to get bogged down with a strive for perfection in one's work. One solution I have is to accept a 'best for now' version. Given time constraints for many projects, it allows m...

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The Measure Of Success

"I'm a recovering perfectionist, so I ask what is the goal and what does 'good enough' look like for each task on my list. Then, I rate the importance of the task on a scale from 0 t...

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Celebrate Small And Large Wins

"When you are clear about your desired outcome, you then get to choose to enjoy the journey to your success destination. The best way to do this is to celebrate the small and larg...

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Seek Mentorship

"... mentorship provides perspective, a point of view that may help you not beat yourself up and give you a better understanding of where you are so you are not caught in a mental ov...

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Assess Your Impact

"(...)Take time to assess the outcome or results of your work, not just the actions you've taken... When you see you've had a positive effect and can label your accomplishment, you may be...

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Set An Action Deadline

"It’s always critical to carefully analyze important decisions, but over-analyzing is a big risk too. In many cases, inaction is the worst possible action. Set an action deadline at the begin...

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Get Outside Feedback

"(...) The truth is you are probably your own worst critic. Take a step back and get some feedback from a senior leader in your organization. If they think your work is good, push th...

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Fully Understand The Expectations

"To minimize over-analysis, understand what the expectations are. What exactly is the information you need to provide or deliverables that you need to meet? Are you overproducing? We are of...

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A 'Recover And Release' Mindset

"The recover mindset happens after you complete your work and you review it for errors and realistic value. Once corrections are made, move into the release stage, where you let it go and are...

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Surprise The Reader

To do it, you must know what your audience expects from the type of writing you’re doing and then defy it.

Without the surprise, without the twist, if you don’t pull the wool over the audience’s eyes, then it’s unlikely you’re going to be memorable. It’s precisely the fact that things are not what they seem that makes a story interesting.

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The organized workspace

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Tips to organize your office space

  • De-clutter your space, empty, shred and get rid of literally any frivolous thing that adds no value to your productivity.
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  • Use storage boxes & containers to help you stay organized.
  • Segment your work zones to help trigger a better output.
  • Organize your desk accessories: everything from your stationeries, laptop, files, and trays.
  • De-clutter and organize your Laptop/Desktop by deleting those folders, pictures or softwares that you don’t need. 

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Trim the fat

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New research shows that this behaviour pattern may be to gain acceptance and tread the social norms as a means to one’s end, being selfish and self-centred in private.

High Self-Control

People with high self-control have a surprising behavioural trait of being shrewd and cruel according to various studies:

  1. They are more likely to cover up an anti-social act to avoid getting caught, like for dangerous driving.
  2. They ended up being keener to kill hundreds of bugs in a grinder, without any feeling of remorse.
  3. They electrocuted their opponents in a TV game to a much higher degree than others, not knowing that the electrocution is being feigned by the contestant.

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How leaders cope with uncertainty

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