Done Is Better Than Perfect

I didn’t want to post anything this week. Had nothing to write about. Had nothing to say. I felt STUCK. Uninspired. Bored. Uncreative.

But I’ve been here before. This ain’t my first speed bump.

Life paralysis happens when I’m too afraid to put anything out in the world that could be imperfect. It’s all the ideas that I don’t pursue because of my deep fear of saying the wrong thing + sounding stupid + making people mad + failing + making mistakes + disappointing others + letting myself down.

It’s what happens when I mixup self-improvement with perfectionism. 

It’s what happens when I make things more complicated than what they really are.

Hola! My name is Mayi Carles + I’m a recovering perfectionist + an aspiring better than good enoughist.

I really hope this post, I mean showing up today, counts as therapy. Does it? Do I get a cookie?

Today’s video is a testament to getting things done to the best of our abilities. Done is better than perfect any day of the week. That’s my mantra after all. I’m also gonna show you a quick trick to get more done + tell Little Miss Perfect to talk to the hand.

You know what to do:

  • Uncomplicate your to do list.
  • Set yourself up to win.
  • Break down these la la land fantasies into actionable steps you can tackle. Hint: The first word should be a verb.
  • Show perfectionism who’s girl boss.
  • And do yourself a favor while you’re at it will ya’? Practice a lil’ self-compassion. You own it to yourself for striving to be your best.

Achievement is never the result of a single action, it’s the build-up of all of our dones.

In the comments, I wanna here ONE thing you did today. And I will celebrate it with you. By doing a dance of course

Thanks for stopping by. I adore you.


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  1. I’m a perfectionist just starting on the road to recovery! 🙂

    Today’s done was going to the doctors to get some medicine. That is a huge checkmark on my list!

  2. love your dance moves Mayi and I really needed to hear this done is better than perfect! My perfectionism has left me paralyzed so many times especially whenever I’m on to bigger dreams and pushing myself I doubt sometimes and the only person that I’m disappointing is myself if I don’t finish and pursue the dreams that I have for myself and my life

  3. your post couldn’t reach my inbox in a best moment!!! ThankU!!!
    And by the way, my 3 years old boy absolutely loves your mini shows! And so do i

  4. You just nailed it! I suffer from debilitating perfectionism all the time…day job, art-making, you name it, I don’t think it’s ever good enough. Thank you for giving me a new title to aspire to…good enoughist! Love it!

  5. I love your blog and posts. They’re so cute and uplifting!
    I am perfectionist and working on it! I keep repeating myself that even a tiny progress is better than zero, and that good is good enough! 🙂
    I have just woke up, so the one thing I want to do today is sewing new products. What I did yesterday was swimming 2.5km for charity!
    I hadn’t been able to train properly, I was sickish and tired… it was pretty much awful compared to any other swim I’ve ever done, but I did it! So proud. xx

    1. Awww Felicia you are so sweet. And CONGRATZ on your swim. Bravooooo that you did it for a good cause too. Not that swimming for a not cause isn’t totally awesome too. I miss swimming. It was my yoga. What happened? I dunno. But you sure inspired me to get back into the water.

  6. You are just adorable! Your advice is spot on, and your smiles are contagious! (I wrote a comment now on your blog -DONE!- instead of putting it off while thinking of the perfect-est, clever-est thing to say…).

  7. Mayi, you ROCK! Your message is such a great reminder to be proud and celebrate the small steps. Today I hit “Publish” on a crazy-long blog post I’ve been working on for many days (and nights).

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