Adapting is better than perfection

I have to make a confession: For a long time I tried to come up with the perfect solution before making an attempt at anything. It took me hard work to change this mindset, but the bottom line is: We need to value fast action. And a wonderful question for this is: “How can we try this before the day is out?”Over time I realized that it works much better to try an approach and adapt as needed. But if we don’t try it first, we won’t make the adaptions that are necessary, because we were not able to foresee them in our head, we could only find them by trying it.

A very vivid example

One thing where I have found this principle very effective is my planner. I have made my custom-made planner.

I came up with the idea for my planner by searching for a notebook that would be suitable for the Bullet Journal, but also allow me to add some stuff from other sources. I found a 4-ring-binders, bought one and experimented with it.

This is the first version of my planner:

Here you can see that I added some journaling template from someone else. And I used simple dividers to easily access different sections of my planner.

Soon I made some changes to my planner:

I found a better folder that was better to use and had more space.

Then I found a much better organizing system for the folder:

It allowed me to easily change the labeling of the different parts and I could experiment with what I actually wanted in my planner and in which order.

And even that changed, as I used the planner, I figured out what works for me and what doesn’t.

This is my current version:

I am pretty happy with the current version.

Also parts of my planner transformed.

This is the very quick and dirty version of my habit tracking sheet:

This is the current version:

It took me a while to understand that this changing around is actually an evolvement. In the beginning I just thought, well why do you change things around, you should stick to the perfectly thought out version. But more and more I started to understand that things will inevitably evolve if I start with a first version and continually improve it.

When did you start with something that felt just good enough, improved it and made something very useful out of it in the process?

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