WHEN IT'S GOOD TO DO THINGS BADLY
How many times have you heard "If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well"?
Being somewhat of a perfectionist by nature, I adopted this very credo years ago. Consequently, I've been frustrated most of my life!
As I've grown busier and busier over years, I've finally realized real truth about this old adage. It simply isn't true!
Certainly, world is full of things worth doing and worth doing well, but it is also loaded with things that, although they are worth doing, they do not fall into that special arena reserved for things worth doing well!
Take folding clothes, for instance. It is a necessary task and certainly worth doing; otherwise, your appearance is going to suffer greatly. However, it is NOT necessary to fold them perfectly. Smoothly yes, perfectly no!
Mundane tasks like this should take up as little of our time as possible, and to fuss over them consumes our precious time better spent on more profitable endeavors.
Playing games is another instance of something not worth doing well—unless, of course, you're doing it professionally to make a living. Oh, I know it's enjoyable to play well, and you should play to best of your ability if you're going to play at all—but to spend time perfecting game skills just for purpose of attaining a high score is totally ludicrous. Not that it isn't fun to win—it is—but that's all amateur games should be—fun.