Some people strive for perfection and expend a lot of mental and physical energy trying to achieve it. But have you ever stopped to think that even 99.9% reliability (perfection in the technical world) still means 526 minutes of downtime — almost 9 hours/year?

For some situations, a cumulative impact of nine lost hours would be a serious problem. Surgical equipment, airplane radar, 911 systems, power grids, and other essential services. But for the average person, achieving more than 99.9% at most tasks requires more angst and effort than the payoff is worth.

You’ve got 524,160 minutes each year to work with. Don’t waste any of them fretting about how to make them all perfect unless it’s a situation where it truly, truly matters that you achieve that goal.

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