Perfection. It’s amazing how one word can cause so much anxiety. As a Baton Rouge newborn photographer and mother, I, like many people, suffer from something called perfection paralysis. It probably doesn’t help that I’m a chronic researcher and planner. I could literally spend hours planning and researching in my head. Hours. This is pretty much why I’m exhausted by the end of the day. But this is also the reason why it seems like I’ve spent my days doing absolutely nothing.
Perfection paralysis is when your mind has a picture of how something should turn out, and you can’t actually get it done because you are so stuck on that perfect picture in your head. It’s the idea that your plan much be perfect before you actually put it in to action. For me that means I’ll spend hours or days planning to put something into motion. The problem is I’ve built whatever it is up in my head and when it doesn’t turn out the way I want I get frustrated. This happens with everything for me from cooking dinner, to my own editing of photos, or even just planning an outing. I’ve given up all control over my kid’s birthdays to my husband because it was just too much.
But something I’ve heard a lot lately by various business mentors that can apply to all parts of my life is “done is better than nothing'”. They’re right. The hours I spend planning often times result in nothing anyone can see. So this is my new motto in all parts of my life. I can almost always go back and perfect things later.