Over a stimulating conversation with a friend about work-life balance, we discussed how completing tasks and goals quickly gifts us more time. Furthermore, striving for efficiency means we can’t be perfect—our focus should be on being agile while striving for excellence.
Keep a laser focus
Many work towards perfection without appreciating the adverse impact it can have on our life.
My friend, an expert project manager, highly recommends using an agile approach to achieve your goals. In simple terms, focus solely on one goal and break down the goal into multiple short-term sub-goals. Keep a laser focus on completing each sub-goal and celebrate each success along the way. This approach of focusing on small wins will help you achieve more accomplishments in a shorter period, and the small wins will increase your overall happiness.
You don’t need to be perfect to find success
Striving for perfection is not only an unhealthy way to live; it’s impossible to achieve it. After attaining a sub-goal, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Plan the next sub-goal based on learnings from the last one. You continuously improve through quick and short sprints through each sub-goal. This approach contrasts with typical multi-tasking, which includes an incredible amount of wasted time due to ‘switching’ between different tasks and goals frequently. Multi-tasking results in taking much longer to achieve many goals, less leisure time, and more stress!
Being agile supports emotional intelligence
The agile method can be applied to developing your emotional intelligence. When you have strong emotional intelligence you’re not a perfectionist; instead, you focus on self-improvement. As you become more self-aware, you can determine steps to strengthen your emotional intelligence. Agility is key to ongoing growth, short term achievements, and continuous development.
Getting it done trumps perfection
Working towards completing a task with your best effort without focusing on a perfect product is both efficient and effective. Yes, getting it done trumps perfection. You still have long term ambitions (your compass), but you can achieve them in shorter, incremental, iterative milestones (your roadmap). One milestone isn’t perfection - it is an outstanding achievement to be celebrated.
Without question, you can save time and build more balance into the day by being more agile and emphasizing small wins, and you can change your focus from perfection to excellence. If you feel motivated to strengthen your emotional intelligence, check out many more motivational blogs here.
This article was originally published on January 5, 2019, and has been updated (January 2021).
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