At some point or another, we all get caught up in perfection. We’re so engrossed with the idea of doing something perfectly that we don’t enjoy ourselves, or worse yet, may never finish what we set out to do!
Now, take a deep breath and relax….I’m here to give you permission to do a “good enough” job in the following situations.
Hosting a Party
No one gives a zip-a-dee-doo-da whether you made the bean dip yourself or if you bought the jalapeño poppers from Costco. Your guests are there to enjoy your company, and you won’t be good company if you’re too frazzled about hosting to enjoy yourself. And don’t you dare think about cleaning the house before the party! No one will notice the crumbs on the kitchen floor, and I guarantee someone will drop a plate of food or spill wine on the couch anyway. Clean up after the party and take your sweet time about it.
Sending Thank You Notes
I think people stopped sending thank you notes because they thought it took too much effort—but they don’t! It’s important to express your gratitude, and it’ll make someone’s day. When you receive a gift, you don’t have to write some 600-page testimony about how much it meant to you. Two sentences work: “Uncle Billy Bob, thank you so much for the new chainsaw! I’m sure it will come in handy once the zombies break through the barricade.” Stop whining, buy a pack of notecards, and start sending your thank yous!
Naming Your Kids or Pets
I’m sure I’ll get flamed for this but honestly, people, naming your kids and pets is not that important. Just pick a name that sounds nice to you and be done with it. Who knows what the future will bring? In 5 years, a serial killer on the news might have the same name as your son. A “good enough” name is fine. The name “Michael Jackson” is actually quite plain and run of the mill, but the man with that name led an extraordinary life. Take it from me, a woman named Sage (definition, wise person) who makes mistakes all the time: names don’t need to be perfect.
This is embarrassing but true: sometimes, when I was running late and knew I’d miss the first 5-10 minutes of my aerobics class, I would end up skipping the whole thing. I thought that it wasn’t worth going if I couldn’t be there the entire time. So self-sabotaging! A 50-minute workout is “good enough” and so much better than moping on the couch. Just do what you can and be proud that you’re making any effort at all!
Finding a Romantic Partner
Again, not to sound condescending, but we all need to get over ourselves if we want to have love in our lives. A “good enough” partner could be a better choice than someone who meets a laundry list of qualities (needs to be 6 feet tall, blue eyes, drives a Ferrari, makes more than $100,000 a year, etc.). You’re no spring chicken yourself, so don’t pass someone by for superficial reasons. Would you rather be happy with a “good enough” partner or alone with your standards?
So, there you have it. If anyone gives you grief about only doing a “good enough” job in those situations, just tell ‘em the all-knowing Sage gave you permission.
But…um…I can’t let you go just yet. I don’t want you thinking “good enough” applies to everything!
3 Situations Where “Good Enough” Doesn’t Cut It
- Keeping up with personal hygiene. Do I really have to say this? You can’t do a half-assed job with keeping yourself clean. If I floss my teeth every day, then you have to make an effort too. I’m talking to you, chick in my dance class who doesn’t wear deodorant.
- At work. Seriously, your job depends on it. No one promotes the employee who turns in a report that’s only “good enough.” You’re smarter than that.
- Deciding what to wear. If you have the internet, then you have access to thousands—if not millions—of personal style consultants. I’m talking about the amazing style bloggers who post outfits of the day to show you how to remix the contents of your closet. I don’t care if your sweatpants are comfy—you deserve to look your best, even at the grocery store.
Still not convinced that “good enough” can be enough? You gotta watch this video about the creative process (it’s about storytelling, but it applies to everyone). You might not be satisfied with what you put out into the world at first, but by staying with it, everything will improve dramatically.
In what situations do you take a “good enough” approach? What tasks will you never compromise on?