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You only need to do 80% of your work load to reach perfection. Sort of.
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Do you sometimes wish you could get things done faster? Does it take you forever to finish tasks and to be satisfied with the results? In all honesty, are you a perfectionist?

People always ask me how I manage to get *so much* done. Sure I’m self-motivated, but that’s hardly the reason for how I accomplish the work load I do. 

Truth is, I never finish anything. At least, not by myself. You’ve probably heard the saying “done is better than perfect” many times. I’m not really sure how I feel about that because I do prefer to deliver work that I consider is as close to perfection as possible, but I don’t think that I am someone who can deliver perfection all by myself. Instead, I believe in the 80/20 rule. 

The 80/20 rule goes like this: It takes 20% of the overall time to get a task 80% done. Then, it takes 80% of the time to get the last 20% done to make the task perfect. Now, if you outsource the last 20% to someone you trust and expect them to deliver 80%, to then finish off their last 20%, you’ll accomplish what comes very close to perfection without the time investment you’d need if you’d try to do it all by yourself. 

If you identify where you start slowing down in your work process, it will be much easier to find someone to work with you. I wish you all the best. If you need help finding someone to do your 20%, let me know. I might know of someone you could hire.

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