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May 29

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Perfection vs. deadlines

Tonight’s post is a bit early because we have big thunderstorms rolling through and I want to turn my computer back off in a few minutes.

This last week has been another exercise in letting go of perfection for me.  I had a big project at the newspaper that kind of kicked my butt. At the same time, I’ve been given a bunch of new responsibilities since the last time I produced one of these special sections, so I had less time to work on it.

Last week, I had three deadlines all converge at once.  I got permission to put in some overtime, but even so I knew that I had to be as efficient as possible to get everything done.

Last week I turned in the feature story I’d been assigned and the weekly column.

Today we shipped the special section.  What a relief!

The end result is that none of them is done to the level of perfection that I expect of myself.  But it’s done.

All the work was turned in.  No deadlines were missed.  And, as I joke with one of my friends, no one ended up in the psych ward or the hospital – so it was a success!

I still want to do my work with excellence – and I believe that, within the boundaries that I had available, I did – but I’m really glad for another opportunity to go for completion rather than perfection!

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Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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