Earlier I talked about how I am prone to procrastination. Well, one of my reasons for procrastinating is my need for everything be done right or to be done the best way possible. However, when it comes to something I have never done before, I get stuck. It’s hard to do things right the first time. I’m working to accept that.
When Fear and Unrealistic Expectations Meet
Recently I got stuck when I was researching contractors for refinishing our basement. I’m scared because I’ve never really spent this much money before. We borrowed money for the house, but will pay for the improvements. upfront. I love my house and I want everything done right and I get overwhelmed!
Then there are far less important times when when I get stuck. I’m at a new restaurant and I don’t know what to order because I want to get the best thing and have the best experience. I don’t know what their food tastes like, so I don’t know what to order. I get stuck and I feel stressed. That’s not what someone wants out of visiting a restaurant for the first time.
The Story of Our Tub
We want to re-caulk around our bath tub. What’s the right type of caulk, what’s the best brand? Does the brand really matter? How many different websites and experts make claims about dozens of different products? How do you do it? What sort of caulk gun do you need? How do you apply it? How long do you wait before using your tub again? Do you need ventilation? Because the temp was -2 degrees this morning and I can’t open the bathroom window. Well, when this was first put on our list of things we wanted to accomplish we could have opened the window but the fear of not doing it right means that we waited and now it’s cold.
In starting this blog (something I’ve never done before) I keep finding myself in these little traps. Do I use this host or that host? Where do I register my domain? Is my domain good? One expert says your URL should only be 2-3 words long. Mine is four words long, but they are short words. What about a logo? I want to look professional. Where do I create a logo? Am I making a mistake by not getting a logo professionally designed? Am I dooming my blog by picking the wrong host? Will no one what to read by blog because of the theme I picked?
Getting Comfortable with Imperfection
I’m probably making mistakes. Something is not being done right. I’m missing a step or doing it in the wrong order. However, right now one of my strengths is my energy, I’m eager and excited to do this. Maybe this launch would “go better” if I gave myself another month or two to get things setup and going. Would I have better pictures? Could I catch some extra typos? Would more content be ready for publishing?
Am I going to wait those extra months?
I am going to accept that I’m not always going to do things right or best the first time. However, if I don’t get that first time out of the way I’m not going to be able to get to the better.
Sometimes the advertising it right and you have to Just Do It.
Have you had a time when you knew that you were going to make mistakes but went forward anyway? My childless self feels that parenting as a whole is an exercise is doing something without really being sure you are doing it right.