The Downside of Perfectionism

And the Upside of Just Shipping the Damn Thing.

A Few Thoughts

I see procrastination and perfectionism as related but slightly different challenges — unless you’re procrastinating because you know you’ll fall into a pattern of perfectionism and spend way too many hours on the task.

I’ll share a few thoughts on perfectionism.

A recent podcast of David Kadavy caught my interest. I think the episode was called Just Ship It. Here’s the gist.

Kadavy uses the term “art” in a general sense for anything you create that is original work.

That might be art like a painting or sculpture. Or, it could be content writing, financial analysis, a website design, or a physical product.

Just Ship It

Just Ship It is similar to the MVP concept (minimum viable product) but not exactly the same.

With an MVP, you know the thing is a work in progress and you’ll either iterate or dump it based on the feedback.

In the Just Ship It mentality, the thing is done and you’re moving on to the next thing.

Let’s say you’re an artist and just finished a painting and you sold it. Are you going to go back and put a few strokes of burnt umber on it a month later and call it version 2.0?

No. That’s how Just Ship It is different from MVP.

Kadavy’s premise is that it takes a large body of work to produce the masterpieces. But, you don’t get to the masterpieces by working on a single piece for thousands of hours.