I finished reading Anne Lamott’s standout new book, Some Assembly Required a few weeks ago. It’s been sitting on my desk, on top of the “To Do” folder just about a foot away from this laptop which seems to be where I live. So it’s not exactly out of sight. Or, actually, out of mind.
You see, a book review of Some Assembly ‘is going to be my next blog post’ – and that has been true since the day after I read it.
I LOVED this book! So why no book review yet?
It’s not that I don’t have time – quite the opposite in fact.
I think it’s the dance between perfectionism and slapdash – a dance I’m quite adept at, actually. My perfectionism says “This book is so over-the-top good and Anne Lamott is such a superior writer that you must write the PERFECT review so people will flock out to buy it.” Oh – “and so people think YOU are smart and funny, too” – ya, there’s that.
My “let’s get it done, NOW” self says “For goodness sakes, Diane, this has been sitting on your desk for weeks – let’s get this show on the road!”
The root of much of my procrastination is perfectionism.
When, if I listened to Anne Lamott’s instructions on writing, I’d know to ‘write shitty first drafts’ – and then if they truly were shitty, I could revise and go.
A former coaching client of mine coined a phrase: “Action leads to satisfaction” (thanks, Jim Gahen).
So now that I’ve told on myself, expect a post about Some Assembly Required within the next 48 hours.
But how about you? Does perfectionism get in your way? Do you end up in slapdash mode, having been on the sidelines too long due to perfectionism? For me that shows up like “oh shit! now I REALLY have to crank this out!”. How about you? As always, I really WOULD love to know!