I think why we do things is usually more important than what we do. If we don’t know why we are doing something, how do we know if we are doing the right thing? If we don’t know why, we are just going through the motions.
I encourage you to think about why you are going to do something before you do it. Since we usually have more than one “why” keep asking yourself “why else?” until you have a complete answer. Are those good reasons for doing what you are planning to do? If so, do it. If not, reconsider doing what you had intended.
Although I believe that we should strive for excellence, that we should do our best, sometimes we can’t. Often, we don’t have the time to do everything that we need to do as well as we could or as well as we would like. We must prioritize how we will spend a limited resource—time.
When this happens, all we can do is to do the low priorities well enough to get the job done so that we can spend the time we need on the high priority items.