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Monday, February 21, 2011

Perfectionism is the Enemy of Productivity

Here is some excellent advice from The Chronicle of Higer Education on writing and productivity.  The short version is this: perfectionism is the enemy.  Why did I have to learn this lesson the hard way? And why do I have to keep relearning it?

Posted by Lyrissa Lidsky on February 21, 2011 at 06:36 PM in Lyrissa Lidsky | Permalink


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I went to one of those new law professors panels at AALS many years ago, and the speaker (whose name I do not recall) quoted/paraphrased Anne Lamott: "Perfection is the only thing standing between you and a sh*tty first draft." He also said that at some point, you have to stop being a reader and be a writer. I was in my first year of t-track teaching, and I had been reading about IPOs for six months. The next week, I became a writer!

Posted by: Christine Hurt | Feb 22, 2011 12:07:09 PM

Remember the old saw: If it's worth doing well, it's worth doing.

Posted by: Don Anton | Feb 21, 2011 9:24:09 PM

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