- I wasn't just putting my CDs in the rack, I was alphabetizing them
- I wasn't just dusting, I was rearranging the contents of my shelves
- I wasn't just cleaning my desk, I was separating my writing utensils by type
My mother doesn't care if The Pixies precede Poi Dog Pondering, or if Grandma and Grandpa are facing the same direction on the bookshelf, or if my highlighters are mingling with my ballpoints. Of course, it's not quite the same story with my clients--they expect, deserve and pay for a certain level of quality from me--but it's still in my best interest (and theirs, if I'm working against a deadline or a tight budget!) if I take a minute to stop, look at my work, and ask myself if I'm letting perfection get in the way of good.