The enemy of the good

I came across this quote in the subversion book:

“It is important not to let the perfect become the enemy of the good, even when you can agree on what perfect is. Doubly so when you can’t. As unpleasant as it is to be trapped by past mistakes, you can’t make any progress by being afraid of your own shadow during design.” — George Hudson

Someone introduced me to this phrase in the last few weeks, “better is the enemy of good” or something like that. It’s an interesting maxim, especially for those of us who end up bent on creating the “perfect GTD system” or who are overly self-critical because we can’t do something-or-other perfectly. Sometimes working for perfect distracts us from producing or using something that’s good, and something good is better than nothing perfect. “Good enough” things are what keep us moving forward every day.

What are you striving for perfection on that’s preventing you from moving forward?