Screw Perfectionism

I’ve been slightly overwhelmed lately. No doubt about that.

Between my day job and my side hustle and this thing called adulting, I’ve been struggling to find time to do anything.

So I haven’t written in a while.

I keep telling myself things like, “oh, I’ll wait until the weekend…that’ll be the perfect time to get some stuff done.”

And then the weekends have come and gone and nada.

I’ve gotten nothing accomplished.

The truth is, I’ve been fooling myself to think that there’s a perfect time to do things.

I’ve been imaging this perfect moment of peace and quiet…working in my home office totally inspired.

But that’s garbage.

Because these perfect moments are way too hard to come by.

And if I stop to think about it, I do this way too often.

And WE as people do it way to often.

We think there’s going to be a perfect time to get married.

We think there’s a perfect time to have a baby.

And then us writers think that there’s a perfect formula to writing our best work.

We have to be in the “mood.”

We have to have our essential oils going.

Maybe we have to put on a special playlist.

We have to create the perfect environment in order to do anything.

But I’m officially calling BS on that.

Because as I’m writing this, I’m exhausted AF.

I’m exhausted, straight out of the shower with half of my hair up in a knotted mess.

Joe’s sitting next to me playing Ghost Recon and our cat is curled up next to him awkwardly licking himself in places I didn’t even know he could reach.

Despite that, I’m writing. And God it feels so good.

So screw the perfectionism.

Screw waiting for the perfect moment to make things happen.

And screw the excuses, because that’s what all this perfectionism is anyway.

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8 Comments

  1. Nora

    April 12, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    This is so perfect anyway and the timing for me personally is great. You hit the nail on the head. I’ve been adult if hard and it’s been almost two weeks since I’ve written and i’m pushing it off. No shame. I’ll write soon. When I feel like it and until then- life goes on….. #adultinghard

  2. Anna

    April 13, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Maybe it’s the the weather, but I’ve been feeling the same way lately! I have a post that’s been sitting in edit mode for almost a week now. I am a recovering perfectionist and have to continually remind myself “don’t be perfect t, just get it done”.

  3. Casey the College Celiac

    April 13, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Screw perfectionism indeed! I think that’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve had to learn with blogging. Yes, I now approach it as more of a business, but it’s also a passion..and passions aren’t meant to be perfect!

  4. William Gilmore

    April 14, 2017 at 4:09 am

    When things are perfect, that’s when you need to worry most 😀

  5. Lauren

    April 14, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Preach! This is so something I have been vibing on recently. I have been choosing to make the time I have perfect, not wait for the perfect time to appear. Love this!

  6. Alexa @ Millennial Empire Builders

    April 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Hi lovely!
    I absolutely love this. One of my favorite quotes is, “inspiration is for amateurs”… Basically saying stop waiting to “feel like doing it” before you actually do it. If you’ve ever heard of Newton’s first of physics, “an object in motion stays in motion” goes right along with this.
    In the past few weeks, I recommitted to working out 5x/week. So far, I haven’t slacked off one bit… and that’s simply because I know that I just have to commit to getting to the car in the morning to drive to the gym. It’s not about working out… It’s literally just getting to the car. Once I’ve done that, going to the gym is easy.
    Thanks again for sharing… This was awesome!
    – Alexa @ Millennial Empire Builders

  7. TheOriginalPhoenix

    April 16, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I agree with this completely. There’s no perfect time. The time is now.

  8. Michelle Sims

    April 25, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Love this post, sometimes you just have to get stuck in and do something because it needs to be done and that perfect moment is whatever bloody moment you do it.

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