Quality – Doing it Right

Most of us get up in the morning, shower, get dressed and go to the office to put in a day of work. The work we do is typically of decent quality sometimes of good quality but do we strive for great quality?

Yesterday I sat down at the computer and started writing a post; I got through a couple paragraphs and stopped. I looked at the screen and decided that the post was crap, the actual words and sentences were I’m sure perfectly fine but the overall effect was just a quick thrown together article. The quality of the post was not there for me so I stopped and just deleted it. It also got me thinking about a few things in the office and around the house.

Where is the quality?

Too often I see people throwing things together because they can and because they can get away with it. I’ve been guilty of it before and I’m sure a lot of readers have as well. Why does this happen? There’s a cost of mediocre quality in the time that it takes to fix the problems that become apparent and the actual dollars and cents of having to take a product or piece of work to that high level when its needed. Do you put in that extra effort to make what you do the best it can be?

Unfortunately there are times in life when we are overloaded and overworked and we simply don’t have the time to put in the effort to make something of quality. Sometimes you don’t need to have the highest level of quality… but there should be a minimum standard (high or good quality).

Not striving for that minimal high quality means to me that the person doesn’t take pride in what they do that they just don’t care enough. Too many people just slog through life expecting people to give them everything, the produce piss poor work and then complain that its not fair that “Bob got a promotion and he’s been here a year less than me”. Are you one of them? Do you just do the bare minimum?

I think most people fall somewhere in the middle where they do a decent job but not a good one. They provide a good enough job that they don’t hit the radar as someone who produces quality work, nor do they register as someone who does bad work. I think it’s sad that we allow ourselves to sit in this mediocre middle.

So how does this relate to a Personal Finance Blog?

Very simply and on a few fronts; many personal finance bloggers are very frugal and want to make sure that they get their money’s worth for every dollar they spend. This is quality; they demand that quality, as producers of content for this blog I want to make sure that I produce quality, I take pride in what I write or I wouldn’t delete a post. I’m still learning and growing in my writing and my knowledge so it doesn’t mean that I’m right or it’s high quality compared to experts (yet) but I strive for what I believe is quality and something I take pride in.

The second aspect where quality relates to personal finance is that it will be recognized and your value will go up. If you continuously produce high quality work you’re proud of financial compensation is likely to come. People don’t want to loose their star performers. It doesn’t always happen and some of the people reading this site will have ogres instead of bosses; but instilling that level of quality into everything you do will be recognized.

[tags]quality, pride, personal finance[/tags]

5 thoughts on “Quality – Doing it Right”

  1. I know the feeling you’re describing: I have re-read my posts, thought they were crap and deleted them too. But I realized at some point that I was not blogging very often because I had this expectation of that every time I did blog, I should write something polished and perfect.

    Now, if I’m not in a writing mood (which happens sometimes because I often wait until 10, 10:30pm to bog), I push myself to just write some sort of realization for the day, and try to get it into three or four paragraphs. It’s not always perfect, but it helps me to focus and provides discipline, keeping me going until one of those days where I really do get inspired & write something that I feel good about.

    From my experiences reading other peoples’ blogs, I’d rather write a little something every day or two, than go through one of those dry periods where I don’t write for 5-6 days.

    It is tough sometimes, though.

  2. As usual Very Good Post!!

    I had mailed you a couple of days back, but may be it had has gone into spam folder..do have a look at it.

    waiting for your reply.

  3. I quite agree that summoning the energy to produce quality work is tough. Sometimes, it may be due to the monotonous nature of our jobs. For instance in my organization,people have been known to be promoted due to presentation skills and appearance rather than using true time tested parameters.I just started blogging on the 9th of this month and so far,traffic to the blog has been encouraging. So sometimes I’m under pressure to write an article that will give as much information as possible to my readers. Most of the articles that has attracted a huge number of traffic have been the ones I’ve written due to inspiration cos I write directly from the heart.

  4. Hi Matt,

    Nice post. Unfortunately I have learned that I have to do things the opposite way. I am writing a thesis, and had a real problem with procrastination, and then being depressed because I was procrastinating. But I felt like the quality of what I had to say was poor. It was only when I started writing it down anyway that I was able to improve, and stop the procrastination. It’s like I have a really high ideal in my mind, that what I write has to reach a certain level. But the fact is that sometimes by just plugging along with the low quality stuff–writing it, looking at it again, getting more information, getting feedback–I can get to something valuable.

    Incidentally, thesis writing is different than blogging. But some of my favorite blogs, like Penelope Trunk’s, are interesting because she takes time with the posts, she does the research, makes phone calls, really develops them. Of course it is part of her full time job, so she is able to devote more time to it. I see a lot of blogs and comments where people make assertions that if they did 20 minutes of research, they would realize weren’t true, and could stop the flood of disinformation, or really add something thoughtful to the debate.

    Good luck blogging!

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