How to detox your business from 3 deadly P’s

Posted on by Kathleen

Bad habits will kill your business.

 

Last week I addressed the danger in falling prey to three toxic business behaviors: perfectionism, (over)planning, and procrastination.

But it’s not enough to be aware of them; you have to take action against them if you want your business to thrive. Here’s how.

Acknowledge that “good” is often good enough.

You’ve probably seen examples of workmanship which you considered shoddy, but which were deemed “good enough” by the worker. This type of “good enough” has no place in a high-quality business, since it typically indicates ineptitude, laziness, or a willingness to cut corners.

But it’s not only possible for an offering to be acceptably good enough – it’s smart.

Putting out good-quality work makes sense for several reasons:

Accept iterations as a part of normal business life.

How often have you had something work out just right the very first time you tried it?

If you’re like the majority of people, the answer is “not very often”.

 

Are your habits nurturing your business or poisoning it?

 

The fact is, there will always be room for improvement in any activity you undertake, whether professional or personal. The faster you accept this, the easier it is to put your work out into the world, knowing that you’ll have a chance to make it better in its next iteration.

Do. It. Now.

You have two real choices when faced with an unpleasant, uncomfortable, or tedious-but-necessary task: ignore it or grit your teeth and jump on it right away.

In my experience, it’s far more common for anticipation to be worse than actual experience. (One obvious exception is prepping for a colonoscopy; that’s always as bad as you expect it to be. Just sayin’.)

So if procrastination is part of your daily routine, experiment with these tools to break that habit and replace it with a “do it now” approach.

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What techniques have you found to help when dealing with perfectionism, (over)planning, and procrastination? Share your successes in the Comments section below – and remember to share this with any of your buddies who are struggling with these counterproductive habits.

(BTW, thanks to Practical Cures for posting the detox image on Flickr.)

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2 Responses to How to detox your business from 3 deadly P’s

  1. Pat Schuler says:

    Thanks, Kathleen. It’s easy to think in one-hour chunks and forget how much can be accomplished in 15 minutes.

    • Kathleen Kathleen says:

      I know, Pat. It’s curious to me how daunting an hour can sometimes feel, while 15 minutes really feels like something I can easily wrap my arms around. That’s okay; any mind game is a good game if it allows you to be more productive.

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