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Question #41455 posted on 12/13/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have found that I can never submit my requirements in school on time. I can't help but do it over and over again, just to make it as good as it can get. Do you have any suggestions of what I should do?

- Jyonrai

A: Jyonrai,

Let us take a step back and look at this situation. You can't submit your assignments on time because you are a perfectionist. Or at least, you seem to have one of the needed qualities to be a perfectionist. So in order to jog your concern for punctuality let me point something out. Stop being so anal about your work! I'm sure your assignment are wonderful the first 5 times you re-do them. Just turn the assignment in when it is due. How much simpler could it get than that?

What possible good could it do to turn in assignments late so that they can be as perfect as possible? They are never going to be completely perfect and all of those points that you might have gained from making it slightly better are being lost to the evil monster of "late fees."

Just do what the rest of us students do: work on it until it is due, then shrug your shoulders at the imperfections and turn that puppy in on time. It really isn't that hard. If you need a support group then just give access to your computer over to your roommate/friend and let them print off your assignments and turn them in for you. You'll learn. And your life will be much less stressful when you just learn to let the imperfections go in favor of your sanity.

-The Cheeky Chickie
A: Dear Jyonrai

Um...part of making the assignment the best it can be is meeting the requirements. Including the due date. If your a perfectionist, be a perfectionist about everything. Oh, and no paper is ever done, it's abandoned at the due date.

-Humble Master