Perfectionism; not a good thing
I used to think being a perfectionist was a good thing. In fact I've heard lots of people brag about being a perfectionist. Then one day I saw on Oprah a woman who was perfectly dressed, perfectly groomed, whose house was absolutely filthy. The psychologist suggested that her perfectionism was keeping her from getting anything cleaned up. If she didn't have the time or energy or whatever to make it perfect she wouldn't do it at all. I have to admit, at the time, I thought that was just an excuse. But the other day, on one on the other threads someone quoted "Perfect is the enemy of good", and I got to thinking about that woman. That's exactly what her problem was.
Then I got to thinking about things that don't get done around here because I don't have the time, energy, or inclination to do it perfectly and here are some things I came up with:
I like to iron all my clothes before I put them away. But I seldom find the time to get them all done. So they sit in laundry baskets in the spare bedroom and I pretty much iron things as I need them. Sometimes I'll have two or three baskets going. So I decided it would be "good enough" to fold my unironed clothes and put them in my drawers. I'm still ironing as I go along, but it is actually easier to find things and my spare bedroom is so much neater. My "perfectionism" about my clothes was actually getting in the way.
Another thing I've come up with is the tile in the shower. I know there are people who wipe their tile down after every shower. That would be the "perfect" thing to do. But there is no way I can get my husband to do that, and frankly, I think it is a pain too. But I think it will be "good enough" to take a magic eraser in the shower with me once a week, and then wipe the tile down with my bath towel. I do this on my day off from work, so I can be the last one in the shower. So far it's working out well.
I think it would be very interesting to hear in what ways other people have found perfectionism has actually been the enemy of good and what they have done about it.