This message will be a tough one for perfectionists and overachievers to hear, but they’re who need it most.
“Satisficing,” is a term coined by researchers in 2002 who studied the effects of choice on people who felt they needed to maximize every available option, rather than settle for happiness. People prone to maximizing their options felt more regret, uncertainty, and a sense of failure with their final product than those taking the best possible option and settling on it confidently.
“To satisfice is to pursue not the best option, but a good enough option,” the researchers wrote.
Opting for “good enough” can save you from burning out, but what’s a perfectionist to do?