HBR on Perfectionism

Harvard Business Review’s How Perfectionists Can Get Out of Their Own Way by Alice Boyes:

Perfectionist are guilty of:

“Struggling to make decisions or take action. Perfectionists are motivated to make the absolute best choice — even when doing so isn’t strictly necessary. This can lead to decision paralysis.”

What to do:

  • Learn from successes…By reflecting on the pathways that led to your successes, you’ll be able to see that you achieved a meaningful end despite not doing everything completely flawlessly or being 100% certain of success in advance.”
  • “You can also identify non-perfectionistic, but successful, role models and colleagues — how are they able to be effective without succumbing to perfectionism? Observe what they do and learn from it.”
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HBR’s advice on important but not urgent tasks

I first read about this concept of important but not urgent tasks in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Harvard Business Review’s article How to Focus on What’s Important, Not Just What’s Urgent by Alice Boyes tackles this idea as well. Here are a few highlights of the article:

  • The deadline is the greatest factor that pushes people to finish a task over the tasks’ level of difficulty or pay off, according to a series of studies recently published in the Journal of Consumer Research
  • Set a whole day for one important but not urgent task
  • Every week, clear a few hours for personal time like medical appointments. If you don’t need it, you have a few vacant hours. If you need it, you have time to attend to your health and other needs
  • “Shrink” your goals until they are “doable”
  •  Acknowledge that doing certain goals can make you feel things and that this experience can be stressful

Why Bill Gates and Warren Buffet Believe in Optimism

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Reveal the Secret to Successful Leadership in Just 1 Word:

  • “While the evidence supports Gates’ argument, he’s careful to say that ‘being an optimist doesn’t mean you ignore tragedy and injustice. It means you’re inspired to look for people making progress on those fronts, and to help spread that progress more widely.’ If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you must–by definition–be an outlier. You must have a vision other people don’t share, inspire others to join you, and keep hustling when others are giving up. Building your optimism muscles will help you achieve all three.”

Alternative to New Year’s Resolution.

I found this post 10 Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions by MARELISA and I want to try some of the suggestions like:

  1. “Follow a Monthly 30-Day Challenge. Come up with a list of twelve 30-day challenges, and complete one for each month of the year. What’s a 30-day challenge? A 30-day challenge consists of setting a small goal that can be achieved in 30 days, along with the specific action that you’ll be taking each day to achieve the goal.”
  2. “Take a Yearly Challenge.”
  3. “Create a List of Things to Look Forward To.”
  4. “Decide on One-Word for the Year.”
  5. “Reboot an Area of Your Life”
  6. “Take a Life Audit. One option for the new year is to take a life audit. How are you doing in life? If you were to grade yourself in each of your life areas–relationships, work, finances, health, and so on–how would you do? What areas need improvement? What do you need to do to “raise your grade”?” To read: How to Conduct a Life Audit
  7. Take On a 365-Day Project. For a 365-day project, you pick something that you’re going to do every single day of the new year. Like what? Here are some examples:Take a photograph every single day of the year and post it on Instagram.
    Write 750 words every day of the year.
    Wake up at the same time every day of the year.
    Read a short story every day of the year.”