Living on a building site with noise, dust, artisans taking days to “rest”, steel strikes and a structure that is far from complete even though it should have been finished at the end of May is not fun to say the least. Estimated time to completion was 3 months and we are heading into month 7. Surrounded by 80 unpacked boxes and 3 months of dust ……. My blogs have mentioned this from time to time because living like this is “in your face” and it tends to overflow into this blog (apologies)!
I have been taught valuable life lessons so I wish to thank the builders for the delays.
- Perfection is good but completion is better!
I can’t emphasise this enough. For those of us who are extremely detail oriented, perfection is something we usually excel at. How often do we say: “I’ve got to get this right. It has to be perfect”. You won’t believe how many websites I’ve been on and found spelling or grammatical errors. They hit me between the eyeballs – pow! Do they spoil the website? Not really, no. You and I as perfectionists could spend weeks getting the copy just right (perfect) and then lose out on time as people miss out on “hitting” your site. I’m not saying “making mistakes is fine” as it’s not. We need to give clients good work because that’s what they are paying for. What I am saying is: “don’t be fanatical in your quest for perfection”!
- Go with the flow
Have you ever tried swimming upstream? I know the salmon get it right but at huge personal cost. I’ve stopped swimming against the current and have learned to just go with it. Much easier and sometimes quite a lot of fun!
- Throwing one’s toys out of the box accomplishes absolutely nothing
Ooooh … tantrum! They don’t help and that’s a promise. Five minutes later one feels like a complete idiot as the situation may have resolved itself by then. Stay calm!
- Give credit where credit is due
If you have a team of VA’s or someone has collaborated with you don’t forget to thank them for a job well done. Even though someone is paid to do something they love hearing those two words: “thank you”!
- We are more adaptable than we think we are
I wrote about this when I used the baobab tree as an example (Year 2 week 22). I am in the process of re-doing my blog’s layout and I am not sure if you can see that Week. If you would like to read it please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send it to you.
- Use time wisely
Time waits for no man and isn’t that the truth. Before we know it the day is gone. Social Media sucks time up like a wet sponge and it’s easy to get caught up in our own business admin. Before starting a task or activity ask yourself whether it is beneficial to you or your business. I know that sounds crazy but it isn’t.
I raise a toast to all of you reading this blog: “To Completion”!!!!!
See you on line,
P.S. All comments and observations are welcome and valued!