I’ve been pondering about a key lesson from my previous blog: “Done is better than perfect.” Perfectionism has been one of my longstanding achilles heels. And I’m known to be a chronic procrastinator too.
I excel at starting new initiatives, but not always finishing them. There are way too many partially-baked ideas, abandoned projects, and half-written books that I’m too embarrassed to mention.
Enough is enough. Turning 50 has heightened the sense of urgency to utilize my time and energy wisely and more productively. Assuming that I live to 100, that’s 18,250 days remaining. Each day provides a new opportunity to put the knowledge, wisdom, and experiences that I have amassed over the last five decades into good use.
I am reminded of a Chinese saying that came to mind as I was putting Shunmyo Masuno’s Zen practices into action on Day 38 of #50DaysofSimpleLiving
学以致用 (xuéyǐzhìyòng) means “to put into practice what has been learnt.”
So, last weekend, I decided to combat both perfectionism and procrastination by applying what I’ve learnt from Jon Acuff in his book FINISH and give myself the gift of done. Finally, imperfect, but done – I brought closure to one of many half-written books that has been yearning to cross the finishing line for years. And it feels great to make the first step from being a chronic starter to a consistent finisher.
Here’s the first edition of Let’s Hack Learning: How to become better at anything, faster. I hope you will find it helpful. Feel free to share it with others and spread the joy of learning!
What will you finish today to give yourself the gift of done?