#74: Perfectionism Got You Procrastinating?

When messy makes room for more progress

"Perfectionism means that you try desperately not to leave so much mess to clean up. But clutter and mess show us that life is being lived. Clutter is wonderfully fertile ground—you can still discover new treasures under all those piles, clean things up, edit things out, fix things, get a grip. Tidiness suggests that something is as good as it’s going to get. Tidiness makes me think of held breath, of suspended animation, while writing needs to breathe and move...

Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true friend. What people somehow (inadvertently, I’m sure) forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here—and, by extension, what we’re supposed to be writing."

Bird by Bird: Some Instructionson Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Beautifully said, isn't it?

This excerpt, along with a very stimulating conversation with a friend about personal knowledge management and the trap of sophisticated procrastination nudged me into a more focused direction. And that is to stop tinkering with tools, stick with a good enough system, and do the work. That's it.

PS: Tired of looking for ONE perfect productivity and note-taking app? You need to watch this. 👇🏼

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