One of my colleagues just told me about this podcast, and after listening to my first 8-minute podcast, I am still thinking about the lessons that were packed within it. Short lessons that teach me how to work less and do more--YES! I am intrigued.
In his podcast, "Sometimes Doing a Perfect Job Means Stopping at 60%." Stever Robbins recalls a story about how he delivered a high quality project once that totally impressed his boss. His boss commented that his work was nearly perfect and display 97% quality level of work - amazing!
However, the boss also pointed out that Stever spent 90% of his time getting the quality of your work from an 83% level to a 97% level, and most people are satisfied with a 60% level. Perhaps Stever should have settled for 83%?
97% ~ 83% ~ 60%...this has made me REALLY stop to think about how I use my time. I am a perfectionist. I aim to deliver the highest quality of work always, often to the detriment, I must sadly confess, of my own health and wellness. This podcast has made me rethink how I invest my time. Could it be that a perfect job means stopping at 60%? I'm willing to find out!
Lessons from this podcast that have stayed with me:
- How long you take to reach that goal is part of the definition of the goal.
- A better quality goal is limiting the resources you pour into the effort to a reasonable level.
- Attach a time limit to the aspirational quality level so that you do not invest unlimited resources for tiny, tiny gains. Learning to set your sights lower is just the first step to reclaiming your life.
- Only work up to a point where you start getting the diminishing returns. Start your project with what the market wants.
- Delivering quality above what the market wants is for you and not for them.