Perfection vs. Excellence

There’s a huge difference between doing something well and doing it perfectly. Attempting to be perfect can bring on feelings of inadequacy and even interfere with completing important projects. Excellence, on the other hand, is attainable and is always more than good enough.

Eliminate the idea of perfection from your life and you’ll see your productivity soar. For example, a poorly written, but complete, book can still be published. But a perfectly composed book that’s only half finished is essentially worthless. Of course, there’s a middle ground between poor and perfect. And that terrain includes excellence.

The problem with perfection is that it can never be truly attained. So, in pursuing perfection, not only are you doomed to fail, but in the end, you also might have nothing to show for your efforts.

The Law of Diminishing Returns

Apply the Law of Diminishing Returns to striving for perfection:

Imagine if you spent 25 hours on a two-page paper for a college class. Would you get an A? I would certainly hope so, but what else may have suffered because of it? What about your other classes and obligations? Maybe instead you could have done something enjoyable.

The other thing to consider is this: could you have gotten an A with two hours of work? Or five? From a practical standpoint, the same results can often be attained with much less time and effort. There is nothing to be gained by spending more time on something than truly needed.

If you spent six hours washing and waxing your car and your neighbor spent two hours on his, do you think anyone could tell the difference a week later? More importantly, what else could you have accomplished with those extra four hours? Life is short, and there’s a lot to do. What else could you do with your time besides trying to be perfect?

Pursuing Excellence Instead

Of course, you’ll want to decide on the level of excellence you wish to attain before getting started on a project. Everything you do should have standards that you strive to attain. If you choose your benchmark of completion properly, there’s never a good reason to go beyond that point.

What exactly is excellent, anyway? In our discussion, excellent means that the task was completed at a high enough level that there’s no cause for concern. You know your work will meet whatever requirements are put upon it. Regardless of the nature of the task, you know that it’s done well enough and you have zero concerns about it.

When deciding how well a project really needs to be done, consider the possible outcomes if the task is completed at various levels of quality. Obviously, a surgical instrument requires a much higher level of quality than a spoon.

Once the proper level has been set, you now have a target, a goal that’s been chosen with some thought and intelligence. Now, simply perform the task to that level and stop. That task is completed, and it’s time to do something else.

Giving up a habit of pursuing perfection might seem challenging. However, you’ll be happier, more productive, and you’ll maintain your sanity much more easily by striving for excellence instead. Focus on exceeding expectations. In terms of time, quality, and productivity, excellence always wins in the end.

Insomnia and Depression a Common Link

Depression can greatly affect insomnia. It is hard to rest when you have anxiety and stress in your life. Did you think that a lack of sleep might be part of the cause? The information below should help you in your research about this topic:

The typical picture of depression is not the only picture. Simply because a person chooses to stay in their room, does not mean they are asleep. Only a small percentage of depressed people get more sleep when they are depressed. The majority of them are not sleeping well at all. If someone wakes up in the middle of the night and cannot get back to sleep – that is a tell tale sign of depression. Even if you get six hours of sleep a night, it is not enough and will become a problem over time.

Treating the depression, will not eliminate the sleep disorders. Studies have shown that the sleep disorder is what starts the depression not the other way around. If the sleep disorder is treated in time then the depression can be prevented typically. It is important to know that depression feeds a sleeping disorder. Treating the insomnia can reduce the depressive episodes.

Depression affects how much rest a person gets and the quality of such rest.  It is typical to notice longer REM sleep, skipped early stages of sleep, and memories that have been incorrectly converted in a more negative light than they actually were in folks that suffer from depression. Researchers believe that depressed people and their families stay in this negative REM sleep even if they are not currently depressed.

The relationship between sleep and depression has not really been completely determined. It is obvious that there is a relationship between quality of sleep and depression. It is important to know – if you are prone to depression and are experiencing insomnia, you should get medical help right away to avoid getting into a depressive episode. We must keep our minds and bodies healthy in order to prevent worse problems down the road.