Are you a perfectionist?
Yeah, I struggle with the same thing.
And I say “struggle,” because although being committed to excellence is a good thing, it can also hold us back if it impacts the progress God wants us to make.
Which, as you may notice, is why this is my first blog post in almost three months!
Since I write for a living, I have a very high standard about what my “finished product” should look like before I submit it to a client.
So I only send it in after hours and hours of research, multiple drafts and a “final” proof that I don’t consider final until I can read through the copy without needing to make a change.
And my clients surely appreciate all that.
But when it comes to my blog, I find myself duplicating that intensity of effort, which obviously holds me back—or this wouldn’t be my first post in all that time.
The value of MVP
I don’t know if you’re familiar with the concept of Minimum Viable Product (MVP).
I’ve worked with it before, but came across it again recently—and started thinking about how I need to embrace it within my own life.
The premise of MVP is basically to rapidly create a version of something that works well enough that it can be tested and then continually tweaked for improvement.
But the part of MVP that attracts me is that it’s a call to let go of perfection and focus on progress, instead.
Which, as I age, is something I’m feeling the need to embrace in many different ways.
Applying MVP to my own life
Now, I’m not going to start applying MVP to my client projects unless they ask me to do that for a specific purpose. Most of my clients value the fact that typically, little-to-no revisions are needed when they receive my “first” draft, so they can often move straight to publication.
However, if I carry that approach over to my own writing, I’ll never have time to write everything I want to write.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had something pop into my head about a topic I’d like to blog about, but then look at my schedule and quickly decide I don’t have the time to do that at the standard to which I’d like.
So, you know what I’m going to say next… “If I can’t do it right, I’m not going to do it at all.”
Which is why I haven’t written for my blog in nearly three months.
And why other projects get put hold.
But what I’ve started realizing recently, is how important it is to embrace “progress, not perfection,” instead.
Haircuts and housecleaning
I was short on time, but my mop was driving me crazy, so I spent a few minutes snipping here and there and then stopped and looked at myself in the mirror.
“Well, it’s my MVP haircut,” I thought to myself. “It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough for now.”
With that mindset, I’m finding new freedom in the permission I’m giving myself for all kinds of things—including cleaning the house and organizing my study.
I don’t have time to do either in the way I’d like, so I do what I can with the time that I have and feel the satisfaction of knowing that “something is better than nothing” after all.
Which is the same with this post and hopefully those which I’ll write more consistently from now on.
So if you find typos or something doesn’t make sense, just know it’s my MVP.
It may not be perfect, but it helps me remain connected to you.