No matter how hard you try, your work is never going to be perfect. You can spend dozens of hours trying to squeeze the final few percent of value out of something, but you’re unlikely to ever get there. This sometimes happens when you get too close to a project and begin to see problems that you may not have seen previously. The terrain looks a lot different from five thousand feet in the air than it does from fifty thousand feet. You begin to overthink things. You begin to question prior decisions. You see small areas where you could make it just a little better, even though it means spending 25 percent of your project time to get 1 percent better results.
Take some time to ask yourself if you might be too close to your work. Some signs include the following:
You are obsessed by new problems that weren’t even on your radar a week ago.
You no longer like the original idea, even though you thought it was brilliant.
You are tempted to blow it all up and start over.
Be cautious not to get too close to the work. Keep a healthy distance.
If you get too close, you will see problems where they don’t exist.
Are you too close to any of your work right now?