Harvard Health Books

The Perfectionist's Handbook

Jeff Szymanski PhD

If you spend three hours editing an annual report to get it 90% perfect, and then spend another two hours to get it 93% perfect, and another hour for 95% perfect, the incremental improvement is negligible. Think of the time and effort you can conserve and redistribute to other tasks. Instead of suggesting that you give up your perfectionism, in The Perfectionist’s Handbook, Jeff Szymanski tells readers: you have the right idea, but you’re taking the wrong paths to achieve the outcome you want.

The Perfectionist’s Handbook teaches the art of being an Adaptive Perfectionist, someone who stands out and gets bigger playoffs: greater productivity with less effort, more energy, and balance in your work and life. Jeff’s strategies to function more effectively and better reach your goals include:

  • Analyze Your Effort
  • Focus on Your Top 10 List
  • Lose the Parachute
  • Embrace Failure
  • Shift and Delegate
  • Secretly Observe Others
  • Refuel and Refresh
  • Invite Criticism

Hardcover: 204 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 6, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0470923369
ISBN-13: 978-0470923368
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches