Perfectionism is a cornucopia of antiproductive habits that can stall your work dead in its tracks. Most people mischaracterize it, and therefore are at a loss as to how to cure it. This article tells you precisely what perfectionism is and offers concrete strategies for overcoming it.
Dilberts of the world, listen closely: I know you have spent years developing your technical skills, and are proud of them. But these skills should not be the be-all and end-all of your application, for two very good reasons...
The work of becoming a prolific writer – someone who writes easily and quickly, and has fun while doing it – is the work of managing your moment-by-moment experience of your writing. Writing is one of those activities that looks easy, but really isn’t. Besides the basic intellectual challenge, writing is also an act of self-exposure, and often to critical or harsh audiences.
Anyone can start a book—and thousands of people have. The trick is finishing the book you start. As someone who has published hundreds of articles, I faced this reality head-on when writing my first book, The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way (Lantern Books, 2006). I worked on it for a year, and while the work was fun, it was also grueling. At times, like any marathoner, it was all I could do to force myself to put one foot (or word) ahead of the other. At other times, I was sick to death of the whole endeavor and wanted to ditch it and work on something else.
Believe it or not, something like 80-90% of job seekers sabotage their applications in the most elemental ways. Here's how to avoid doing that.
A list of resources for writers that emphasizes empowerment, nonperfectionism, compassion, noncompetition, and other virtues that lead to lasting productivity.
Budgeting, scheduling and tracking time - in PDF or DOC format