Yesterday I worked on updating the set of lecture materials for my class on Public Speaking. This is the curriculum I have created for International Management Master Studies at WSB Wroclaw.

It’s been a while since I looked into these. They’ve been lying dormant for at least half a year since I have finished that semester at the beginning of 2016.

I had a few good ideas on what to change or update. As I began to introduce these changes into the material I quickly realized how difficult it was to stop myself from changing everything else.

You see, I have this thing for perfection. I really do. I work on every font, every word, every detail. I need… to… make it… perfect…

Now don’t get me wrong, ATD (attention to detail) has taken me a long way in life. It’s useful. However it is not always economically reasonable.

Here I was attempting to do the same old thing. Should I change this picture? Maybe let’s exchange these two paragraphs? What about the color of the headers? Geez.

Seeing what was happening I had to ask myself a few questions:

  • Does this bring any extra value? Sure… Perhaps some. Ok, minuscule at best.
  • Has the old version worked last year? It sure did.
  • Will new students this year be able to tell the difference? Of course not. They have not seen it before.
  • Is this really the best use of my time? Probably not. So many other projects…

Wrapping my head around these conclusions I decided to only focus on big changes, implement them and move on to the next big thing – designing a new class for MBA students this year.

Perhaps I can put my ATD skills to good use there.

Do you suffer from perfectionism? I am curious to learn what strategies work for you to combat this nasty enemy of progress.

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Wojciech is a trainer, teacher and life-long learner on the topic of effective communication. He believes that speaking clearly, effectively and with confidence is essential to our success and taking advantage of all life’s opportunities. READ MORE