• Providing outcomes that represent the best efforts for the task at hand
  • Going the extra mile to deliver completed assignments to co-workers and customers
  • Refusing to be satisfied with incomplete or inferior work
While the phrase “That’ll do” can indicate a job well done for sheep-herding pigs, in our day-to-day work life it is something that is best avoided. “That’ll do” is deciding that we have done just enough to get by, while knowing we could do more or do better. It’s a trap that causes us to think that we have done well when we actually have only just done the minimum, if even that much.  
While there may be times when “That’ll do” will just have to do, those are most likely situations with special circumstances. Normally, it shows that we either didn’t plan well or that we don’t really care much about what was asked, or even who asked. It is also usually quite obvious to the recipient that we stopped at “That’ll do”. On the other hand, when someone goes above and beyond the original request, it highlights both their ability to accomplish the task and how much they actually value the requestor.  
So, what are some ways that we can avoid the “That’ll do” pitfall and ensure that what we do is always our best?
Plan to succeed.  
Planning ahead will help avoid common mistakes and help ensure we don’t run out of time. Planning helps to identify problems before they occur, so we can avoid them in the first place. If you are taking time to plan, then you probably are not waiting until the last minute to start. Nothing encourages a “That’ll do” attitude like a looming deadline.
Do more than what was asked.  
Everyone can appreciate the work of a craftsman, so be a craftsman of whatever it is that you do. Spend time learning the best ways to accomplish your goals and practicing “your art”. Craftsmanship doesn’t just happen, and it certainly doesn’t happen by just doing the bare minimum. If you are writing a report, be sure to check your spelling and grammar and also make sure you used the same font throughout the entire document. If you are creating an E-rate application, double check everything and get a colleague to check your work before you submit it. Attention to the small details is where quality will start to shine. Also, more doesn’t necessarily mean quantity. Twice as much junk is not usually better than one thing that is twice as good. Your goal should be to consistently deliver quality results.
Know that the result is a reflection of you.  
Remind yourself that what you do and how you do it will be directly related back to you. Also remember that others will see your attitude and ability in your results. Refuse to accept “That’ll do.”

Key Words and Phrases

Excellence; Greatest degree of good; Maximum effort; Highest quality service; Do your best; Top performance; Finest; Complete, lacking in nothing.

Opposite Terms

Lacking; Incomplete; Unprepared; Shoddy.

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