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When it’s Hard to Make a Choice, try This Simple Technique

When it’s Hard to Make a Choice, try This Simple Technique

Do you have a hard choice to make? Maybe you’re thinking about changing careers or wondering if you should stay with your partner or break up? Is there a big purchase that you are considering and you’re trying to decide if it’s worth it? No matter what the situation is, I have found that the best way to make a hard choice is to make a “pros and cons” list.

Make a Pros and Cons List to Help You Decide

It may sound simple, but it really works. Listing out the pros and cons on paper (or on the computer) allows you to have a visual image of the choices involved. Writing down your deepest desires, fears, and hopes will bring more clarity to any dilemma.

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You don’t have to be scientific or careful when listing out the pros and cons. Write down whatever comes to mind, even if it seems small or silly. After writing everything down, you will be able to take a step back and consider what you actually want deep down inside.

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Listing out pros and cons doesn’t necessarily help you make a more rational choice, but it does help you to explore the options and to better understand which side you are subconsciously inclined to choose. The “cons” side might even be longer than the “pros” side, but one or two things on the pros will be weighted more heavily than the long list of cons. Don’t put too much thought into it, and don’t edit the list. Write it all down.

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Trust your gut when making a decision based on this pros and cons list. By utilizing this technique, you will become better at making hard choices before you know it!

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6 Reasons Why Perfectionism Kills Your Productivity

6 Reasons Why Perfectionism Kills Your Productivity

Perfectionism sounds like a first world problem, but it stifles creative minds. Having a great idea but doubting your ability to execute it can leave you afraid to just complete and publish it. Some of the most successful inventors failed, but they kept going in pursuit of perfection. On the other end of the spectrum, perfectionism can hinder people when they spend too much time seeking recognition, gathering awards and wasting time patting themselves on the back. Whatever your art, go make good art and don’t spend time worrying that your idea isn’t perfect enough and certainly don’t waste time coming up with a new idea because you’re still congratulating yourself for the last one.

1. Remember, perfection is subjective.

If you’re worried about achieving perfectionism with any single project so much that you find yourself afraid to just finish it, then you aren’t being productive. Take a hard look at your work, edit and revise, then send it our into the world. If the reviews aren’t the greatest, learn from the feedback so you can improve next time.

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2. Procrastination masquerades itself as perfectionism.

People who procrastinate aren’t always lazy or trying to get out of doing something. Many who procrastinate do so because perfectionism is killing their productivity, telling them that if they wait a better idea will come to them.

3. Recognize actions that waste time.

Artists and all creative people need time to incubate; those ideas will only grow when properly watered, but if you’re not engaging in an activity that will help foster creativity, you might just be wasting time. Remember to do everything with purpose, even relaxing.

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4. Don’t discriminate against your worth.

No one is actually perfect. We often have tremendous ideas or write things that move people emotionally, but no one attains that final state of being perfect. So, don’t get down if your second idea isn’t as good as your first—or vice versa. Perfectionists tend to be the toughest critics of their work, so don’t criticize yourself. You are not your work no matter how good or how bad.

5. Stress races your heart and freezes your innovation.

Stress is a cyclic killer that perfectionists know well because that same system that engages and causes your palms to sweat over a great idea is the same system that kicks in and worries you that you’re not good enough. Perfectionism means striving for that ultimate level, and stress can propel you forward excitedly or leave you shaking in fear of the next step.

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6. Meeting deadlines beats waiting for perfect work.

Don’t let your fear of failure prevent you from meeting your deadline. Perfection is subjective and if you’re wasting time or procrastinating, you should just finish the job and learn from any mistakes. Being productive means completing work. You shouldn’t try for months or even years to perfect one project when you can produce projects that improve over time.

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