THE 80% APPROACH
IT'S ABOUT RESULTS
This is not the same as the 80/20 Principle, but it of the same type of thinking: results thinking. [ Instead of time thinking or linear thinking]''
In the 80/20 Principle, we focus on the 20% that produces 80% of the results.
In the 80/20 approach we focus on results, but we ask, when we are at 80% of perfection, whether the extra return for our efforts is worth the effort - if not, we stop right there, saving lots of time and energy.
Dan Sullivan, founder of the great Strategic Coach organization, as of this writing, just published his book (with CD) The 80% Approach, listed with a tagline "eliminate perfectionism and procrastination for the rest of your life using this simple method".
I recommend you buy it.
IT'S ABOUT ARRIVING AT "GOOD ENOUGH"
This is the "good enough" method that I have been using for quite awhile now. I recognized that if I tried to drive things to perfection, I would be taking forever to do them and I would be far less productive. It freed me up - big time!
This also is a good psychological approach for life, one that was touted by my former "guru" (guide), who was a "wisened", eclectic psychologist.
Basically, the rule is to stop when you feel you have done 80% of the project and ask "is this good enough?" Good enough for what?
Good enough to get the desired results and/or to hand it off to someone else to finish to get the desired results.
If it is good enough to get the desired results (or almost all of them), it would be nonsensical to continue if you are in the "results world"" .
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE
However, not a few people are in the "time world", the "get approval" world, the "I can't stand criticism" world or the "I don't think about it" world. And in those worlds, the meaningful results are few and far between.
That's it. You've got the idea. This is good enough. And now I'll go do something else that will produce high results for me...
(Now use the approach!!!!!!!!!!!!)