Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly
@agony yea i struggle with this.. requires a perspective change towards incremental, process-oriented (like art is done)
rather than completionist, result-oriented (like they teach in schools)
@softwizard @agony Incrementalism has been a game changer for me personally. I was alwayd 100%, and always in one sitting. Learning to 80% or even 60% things (pass is pass; this is the new efficiency) was a level-up, but learning incrementalism was a far larger one! It allowed not only doing more but accomplishing tasks my prior one-round grind approach could never touch.
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banananonbinary (on Tumblr):
one of the hardest things to learn as a depressed former Gifted Kid™ is that half-assed is better than nothing. take the 50%, 40%, even 20% job.
scrubbing your face is better than not taking a shower at all. picking up your clothes is better than never cleaning. nibbling on some bread is better than starving.
DO THINGS HALFWAY. NOW YOU'RE 100% BETTER OFF THAN YOU WERE BEFORE.
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redheadhatchet (on Tumblr):
One of my college professors used to say “anything worth doing is worth doing poorly.” I didn’t understand that for years because I didn't do anything poorly, I couldn’t do anything poorly, I had to Do Everything Perfectly.
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But brushing your teeth for 30 seconds is better than not brushing them at all when that 2 minutes seems exhausting. Doing ten minutes of yoga is better than 10 minutes of sitting when 30 minutes of cardio sounds impossible. Changing my clothes is good when a whole shower is impossible. Standing on the porch for a few minutes is worth it after being in the house for three straight days because I don’t have the energy to go anywhere.
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Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly... because doing it poorly is better than not doing it.
@agony This is extremely useful advice!
Although I no longer keep up with it like I once did, something stuck with me from my lifting days, a Scooby Werkstatt line: "A bad workout done consistently is better than the best workout that you constantly skip."
I've found that advice to have universal application.
@agony I have a variant of this I say to anyone working on something big that you often put off or you feel guilty you aren't doing (art usually)-- if you do something each day then each day you've done a day's work.
Heh... I was identified as gifted in elementary school, but I never did care much about school so I never had the grades for them to do anything about it with. I think I accidentally took this advice to heart back then, and it's probably served me well. It meant I had the time to get in to computers, and be a fuckup while I learned from older, smarter people. Got a great job now, so it all worked out in the end and I'm glad I didn't waste the effort getting A's.
I was actually really surprised I graduated high school. Apparently I passed math with 50.1%. I funny think it's helped me get a job, really. :p
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