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The problem with perfectionism.

Sometimes, "the perfect is the enemy of the good." Before you grumble that aiming for perfection has to be a good thing, consider this: It's not a good thing if aiming for perfection takes time away from doing the day-to-day things that have to be done.

It's like this: When you are aiming for perfection, and nothing short of it will do, the temptation is to put everything off until there is time to do it all, and do it all perfectly. Guess what? That time will never come!

But a little bit of PM done every day will keep your maintenance enemies at bay. Fifteen minutes now is a lot better than a fictional, perfect four hours someday or when you have the time to devote to perfect PM, which might never--probably won't ever--get here.

Don't wait for that perfect time or those perfect conditions to take care of your PM business. Do it now, today, with the 15 minutes you can squeeze out now. Wipe off that moisture, check those fluid levels, tighten those bolts, meet that immediate need that is right in front of you.

Do it again tomorrow, and the next, and the next, and you'll find that you have taken care of PMCS.

IT'S TAKEN ME FOUR HOURS, BUT THE PM ON THIS TRUCK IS PERFECT!!

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HEY, WHAT ABOUT MY PM MR. PERFECT?

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Title Annotation:military equipment
Publication:PS, the Preventive Maintenance Monthly
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2006
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