This is so important.
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one of the hardest things to learn as a depressed former Gifted Kid™ is that half-assed is better than nothing. take the 50%, 40%, even 20% job. scrubbing your face is better than not taking a shower at all. picking up your clothes is better than never cleaning. nibbIing on some bread is better than starving.
DO THINGS HALFWAY. NOW YOU'RE 100% BETTER OFF THAN YOU
reply by redheadhatchet:
One of my college professors used to say "anything worth doing is worth doing poorly." I didn't understand that for years because I didn't do anything poorly. I couldn't do anything poorly. I had to Do Everything Perfectly.
But brushing your teeth for 30 seconds is better than not brushing them at all when that 2 minutes seems exhausting. Doing ten minutes of yoga is better than 10 minutes of sitting when 30 minutes of cardio sounds impossible. Changing my clothes is good when a whole shower is impossible. Standing on the porch for a few minutes is worth it after being in the house for three straight days because l don't have the energy to go anywhere.
Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly... because doing it poorly is better than not doing it.
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The basic gist is that you don't have to do things perfectly. Doing them even a little/ at 50% is better than nothing.
EG: "brushing your teeth for 30 seconds is better than not brushing them at all when that 2 minutes seems exhausting."
I can't transcribe the whole thing, but if anyone wants to start from that.
@Sheinicorn I needed this rn for so many reasons that have been preventing me from taking care of myself, so thank you.
@Sheinicorn it took me years to realize this and I still need constant reminders.
The pressure to not "squander your potential" and be that amazing person everyone expects you to be becomes a part of your very foundation that reflects in everything you do.
A common example of this is duct tape. If you need something to be less broken but you can't fix it all the way: Tape that shit up.
@Sheinicorn this exact line shows up in Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett, and honestly? I've never been so thankful for the Disco Granpa
@Sheinicorn I remember a great little thread on birdsite about this last year:
TL;DR gifted children rarely get support needed to cope with real problems: how to study new material, learning unfamiliar things, etc.
@Sheinicorn "anything worth doing is worth doing poorly", sure, even in emergency life-and-death situations, I guess.
Now is the question: is it worth doing multiple things simultaneously, but poorly, or just one but to the extent of one's abilities?
@Sheinicorn And sometimes a commitment to do it halfway is the difference between doing it 100% and 0%.
When I'm procrastinating doing something, I sometimes change the task from "do the thing" to "spent 5 minutes on the thing". It relieves the pressure to complete the task, and more often than not I spent more than 5 minutes and make some progress, which is better than no progress because of procrastination.
@Sheinicorn Something is generally better than nothing. However, I'd like to also say that anything worth doing is worth doing as well as you can manage. If that means halfway to perfect, that's OK. It's much less OK to deliberately do a half-arsed job when you are capable (considering time constraints, mental state, etc) of better.
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A welcoming instance for queer, feminist and anarchist people as well as their sympathizers. We are mainly French-speaking people, but you are welcome whatever your language might be.