by Jen White
Welcome to Part 8 of a series entitled The Done Manifesto for Digital Scrappers. If you are just now joining, I’d encourage you to start from the beginning.
Sometimes a girl has time to sit and play and be ultra crafty. Then there are times when a girl just has to get things DONE. The Done Manifesto for Digital Scrappers is for those times.
If you are interested in just getting it DONE, this series is for you.
We’ve been talking about the Done Manifesto by Bre Pettis. It’s been quoted as being “a set of working rules based on a sense of urgency.” We are working together as a team and a community to see how this “sense of urgency” could be applied to our craft of digital scrapbooking by taking a look at one “Done rule” per week and relating it to our world. This week we are focusing on Mr. Pettis’ Rule #8.
Done Manifesto #8: Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
There really are a dozen different bunny trails we could go down in relation to perfectionism. But, for Rule #8, I want to focus on this idea of “boring.” It intrigues me, because “boring” is the LAST thing I want to be accused of (wink). Let’s think about it.
The Done Manifesto for Digital Scrappers Rule #8.
Perfectionism is boring and keeps you from getting things done.
Ze Frank said, “Perfectionism may look good in his shiny shoes, but [he’s boring] and no one invites him to their pool party.”
Perfectionism is no fun. It’s a drag for those around you. And, if you are honest with yourself, perfectionism is a drag for you too, isn’t it?
Here’s how perfectionism typically rears its ugly head in my world:
I start a creative project—such as a scrapbook page or blog post—and I fairly quickly get all the main parts in place. It’s pretty decent (if I do say so myself). But then, that crazy part of my brain (a.k.a. perfectionism) kicks in, and I start to nit pick. I change to a different flower on my scrapbook page, which really is no better than the first. Or, I change a few words around in my blog post, which probably just made things less clear. In fact, I’m doing that right now. It’s a disease! I can’t stop! I’m driving myself crazy!
Before long, I find myself staring at my monitor, my eyes long since glazed over, and it’s been a total waste of time. Had I not gone down the road to perfection, I would have gotten a lot more work done . . . or at the very least, I would have folded another load of laundry. (Reference Rule #5.)
Now, you may argue that there is a place for “perfect” in scrapbooking. And, you may be right. It can be inserted as a healthy part of the creative process. But, if our goal in this project is to get things DONE, perfectionism really has no seat on the bus.
Getting back to the issue of boring, try this scenario on for size:
• I create a scrapbooking tutorial complete with a beautiful layout (which I completed in a glazed over state).
• 500 scrapbookers complete the tutorial “perfectly”—as in, their tutorial results and page are exactly like mine.
• I comment on each and every result, saying, “Perfect!”
See where I’m going? I’m bored to tears! I don’t want perfect. As an instructor, I want participation. I want to see you be adventurous and think outside the box. I want you to be creative.
Ok. I’m gonna have to call this one done! Tell me what you think about Rule #8.
Author: Jen White | firstname.lastname@example.org
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