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"Progress Over Perfection: How Striving For Perfection Hurts the Creative Process" [Creator's Block, Ep. 105]

"Progress Over Perfection: How Striving For Perfection Hurts the Creative Process" [Creator's Block, Ep. 105] Blog Feature

Marcella Jalbert

UX Designer, Host of ‘Creator’s Block’ Podcast, Designer for 50+ Sites on HubSpot

May 14th, 2019 min read

The word "perfect" may not mean much to some people, but for those like me (a perfectionist to the core) it can be paralyzing.

I have struggled, most of my life, with striving for perfection in many ways.

When it comes to my design work, we often use the term "pixel perfect," but striving for perfection can actually stunt achievement and growth.

In an article I recently read by Thomas Oppong, he describes perfection as "an endless productivity loop."

It can actually hinder the creative process and compromise your work.

The desire to keep reworking an idea often stems from self-doubt or second-guessing your ideas and this ultimately could dampen your boldest, brightest ideas without giving them a proper exploration.

Join Justine and I this week as we discuss why the search for perfection truly is detriment to the creative process and how to get around it!

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What We Talked About

  • Struggling with perfection
  • “Settling” vs recognizing progress and growth
  • Perfection with design
  • How to reframe your thinking?
  • Work within constraints (time/budget/materials)
  • The 10-Minute Exercise
  • Quantity not quality when first starting


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