I've been listening to a podcast called Happier by Gretchen Rubin. There are days where it is so much better for my mind to listen to this podcast than listen to the other podcast that I tend to listen to in the mornings, The Daily by the New York Times. Sometimes the news is just too overwhelming for me and I decide that I need Happier instead.
Well, I love it. There are so many little tips and tricks and I love the banter between Gretchen and her sister, Elizabeth. They talk about so many things, and one of those things are Gretchen's books and her research into happiness. One of her books is The Four Tendencies and it talks about the four personality tendencies of people: Obliger, Upholder, Questioner, and Rebel. I'm an Obliger - I follow through on expectations of others, but rarely follow my own expectations or desires of myself.
Anyway, more on that later. I'm going through a course about this and am really enjoying it so far. But one of the quotes that I really love and really want to remember a lot in my life is the one above.
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Apparently it was first said by Voltaire.
I do this a lot. I don't start new things or I don't follow through on a project because I want it to be perfect. So I research it to death and then get so overwhelmed and end up not starting it or quitting halfway. Here's an example:
About a month or so ago, I discovered Bullet Journaling. I posted about it on Facebook as a way to remember it and see if anyone else does it. It's basically a personalized way to journal...a way that is supposed to be quick and easy.
Well, I haven't started it yet. I finally have a format I want to follow (after checking out dozens of other people's formats and templates), and I finally have a journal that I want to use (an A5 6-ring binder so that I can print out the templates I want for a truly customized journal). Now, I'm waiting for a 6-ring hole punch so that I can finally put those pages in.
And yet, one of my friends saw my post, ordered the most recommended journal on Amazon, got herself a great pen, and just dove right in.
*hangs head in shame*
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.