Good. Enough.

Projects, papers, college applications—how do you know when it’s time to stop polishing and time to start shipping it out the door?

Something worth doing is worth doing well. But sometimes the quest for perfection just becomes a stall, another day or week to hide instead of a day or week to improve whatever it is you’re working on.

“Good enough” has a pejorative connotation, like you stopped short of making something as good as it possibly could have been. Instead, try for a new outcome using the same two words.

“Good. Enough.”

You can make something great, and avoid unnecessary stalling, when you give up “perfect” (which it never is) and replace it with “Good. Enough.”