The search for perfection would take time.  You would have to figure out how “perfection” is defined, what it entails and work toward obtaining its attributes.  At the end of the day, this process would require a consolidated effort to ensure that all the necessary components for perfection are achieved.  Surely this would mean going above and beyond.  But for what reason?

As humans, we’ve never been perfect.  We aren’t perfect.  We will never be perfect.

This isn’t easy to swallow, despite its truth and the fact that it isn’t news.  But if we can agree that as humans we can’t attain perfection, then the process to achieving perfection as noted above would be a waste of time.  With that consensus, I would like to highlight the following:

Perfection Versus Efficiency

Additional time and effort incurred while chasing after the unattainable concept of perfection negatively impacts efficiency.  Efficiency is all about doing more with less, doing more in less time and maximizing output versus input.  For instance, think about Henry Ford’s assembly line which increased efficiency in industries.  Ford enhanced the concept by having cars come to the factory workers (instead of the workers going to the cars) who gained efficiencies by performing the same tasks over and over.  With this approach, efficiencies in labor lead to efficiencies in manufacturing while reducing costs.

Efficiency and Performance

To increase efficiency, you have to remain focused on your overall objective.  If the objective is to complete Task 1 then do that without compromising quality.  You should also stay clear from Tasks 2, 3, and 4 if they aren’t necessary to finish Task 1.  When you are being distracted with another task, always ask yourself if it is necessary for you to meet your overall objective.  If the answer is no, then simply put, you know you should leave it alone.

Increasing efficiency is always a priority.  Whether you work for yourself or you work for a company, it is always relevant.  By extension, efficiency affects performance because it is measurable and can provide information about actual versus budget, effectiveness of strategic efforts and operational performance.  All of this information makes it easier to manage and improve efforts.

Summary

Let’s summarize.  If you have any inclination to seek perfection, stop now.  It will negatively affect your efficiency.  If efficiency is your performance measure, anything outside of meeting that objective should be eliminated.  Increasing efficiency is a vital component of operational, organizational and strategic objectives; and efficiency results provide information to better manage and react to these objectives.