I am a huge fan of Sheryl Sandberg. This is putting it lightly. Obsessed might be a better way to describe the huge fan-girl crush that I have on her. I really love her new book, Lean In, and have read it several times already. I regularly re-watch her TEDTalk, Barnard Commencement talk, and her Levo League Office Hours video. I find her inspiring on both macro and micro levels.
One thing that she talks about is her ethos of "done is better than perfect." To be honest, I fundamentally struggle with this. I am a perfectionist. I love doing things well. I love the pursuit of perfection, and seeing what I can accomplish. However, like most people, I have a lot to do each day. I have a lot I want to accomplish. And I love being incredibly prolific. I have struggled with this dichotomy for a couple of years. I have pinpointed that my perfectionism is one of the key stumbling blocks in my progress. I have known this for quite some time. Sheryl Sandberg talks a lot about "done is better than perfect." I am afraid of this. I am afraid that this lets my standard of "good" lower. I don't want that to happen. I like doing things really, really well.
One of her best examples of this is answering emails. She talks about
answering email immediately, instead of waiting, composing a perfect 3
paragraph email, and then realizing that 3 weeks have gone by. I felt
like she was describing me. I am so guilty of this!
I am challenging myself to adapt this ethos into my life, day by day. I need to find a way to reconcile perfection with prolific. Blogging is something that I miss so much, and so I have decided that this is the arena in which I will just begin.