Start Now, Get Perfect Later by Rob Moore

This is a book review of ‘Start Now,
Get Perfect Later’ By ‘Rob Moore’

Like a lot of people, I always have good intentions. But I know, in some areas, there are often things that stop me from getting on with it.  The need for perfection resulting in plain old procrastination is something that I struggle with.  I hoped that Start Now, Get Perfect Later would help me get beyond the need of perfection and get things done.  I learnt a lot from this book and I am already implementing many of the techniques.

Writing Style

Written by an English author, I particularly enjoyed the writing style. The inclusion of some of the strange phrases that we Brits use e.g. ‘getting your ducks in a row’ were really funny.  Although if you’re not British there is a good definition included.  Moore writes in a very succinct and direct way with anecdotes thrown in to spice things up.  He is also humorous, and I found myself laughing in certain parts and saying ‘that is so true’.

now.  Get perfect later.  Just do it.  End of book’

The introduction to the book starts
with the above four sentences.  This really amused me and set me up to be
curious about what Moore had to say.  I liked the no-nonsense approach.


The book is divided into 9 different sections containing a number of chapters covering each segment under the section heading.  Another aspect I found particularly useful were the summaries at the end of each chapter which Moore refers to as ‘Start Now Sound Bite’ which also gives you the action points to be taken.

careful what you label yourself.  What you think about, you bring about
and what you name yourself, you’ll blame yourself’

In the first part of the book, Moore
covers the issue of procrastination and how we sometimes use the excuse of ‘I’m
a procrastinator’ to avoid doings things.  He explores the concept of
indecisiveness, why we procrastinate (even giving guidance if you don’t know)
and the hidden benefits that procrastination can have for us.

Waiting to get your ducks in a row is a procrastination tactic

do ducks need to be in rows? …this has become the very art of procrastination’

In the second section Moore explores
task jumping, worry (covering both general and what other people think) and
making decisions.  I particularly liked the way that he provided a fresh
approach to decision making and acknowledges that any decision is a step into
the unknown.  How we ‘fear making a decision because of a perceived sharp
pain’.  He then goes on to offer guidance on how these can be avoided

overwhelm & start now’

Moore breaks down the myths around
decision making and highlights how to diminish the importance and remove the
permanence.  Anyone who feels that they are unable to make decisions will
find this segment particularly helpful.  Moore explains how there are no
bad decisions but by learning from our decisions we get better at the practice
of decision making

do, or not to do?’

In this section Moore explains what things need to be done and those things we can disregard.  I particularly liked the way he distinguishes between being busy, productive or efficient.  ‘Busy is working hard and doing lots.  Productive is getting the important things done.  Efficient is getting the important things done in the shortest amount of time’.   

Journaling helps

He also recommends that a journal be kept of work and energy levels.  Having adopted this approach, I have already seen areas where I can make improvement.  It is also helpful when Moore sets out the key results area, key life area and income generating tasks.  These labels can be adapted for your own personal circumstances.

the easiest person to lie to…? 
… (yourself)’

In section five Moore talks about how to get into the flow of working. Together with a discussion about the environment in which we work. Another recommendation is to outsource tasks that can be done by others.  As Moore says ‘…Do. Not. Do. It. Yourself’ and goes on to consider not doing everything yourself. 

Challenge Hard Work & Embrace Smart Work

He challenges the belief that you need to ‘work hard’. Instead he embraces the concept of ‘smart work’.  Looking for those around us that have experience in doing it or have already done it.  Even better is the option of finding someone who would love to do it.

Test.  Review.  Tweak.  Repeat.  (Scale)’.

Moore introduces a six step section to help with getting things moving.  This has been helpfully divided into 3 subsections to make the reading a lot easier.  There is a good reminder that nothing is ever going to be perfect. The important thing is to get started.  There are processes to consider before embarking on a project.  Moore takes you through six easy steps to achieve it.

Getting Into The Flow

What was particularly helpful was the flow that these steps create.  Do is replaced by ‘test’ to introduce a mind-set of constant improvement.  Review recommends getting advice from people with that particular experience.

Limit Sources of Opinion

Don’t be tempted to canvas opinion from multiple sources.  There is a reminder that we all have opinions on a wide range of topics. But, are we actually knowledgeable about them?

Beat procrastination by making quick decisions as suggested by Start Now Get Perfect Later

to make faster, better, harder decisions’

The more decisions we make, the easier it becomes.  This section builds on areas introduced at the beginning of the book.  The areas covered include rest and play, clear-outs, visions and values.  Moore also talks about how to manage your ‘inner bas-tard’. The inner critic.  His philosophy is about getting behind the emotions that are playing havoc inside our heads.  What is beneath the emotion/reaction and why is it persisting. 


His recommendation of having a ‘friend-punch-bag’ as someone who you can rant at is a good suggestion.  We don’t always want someone to fix our problems. What we do need is to have someone we can vent to. Get it out of your system, so to speak.


The penultimate section is all about commitment.  How we need to commit to the decisions that we make.  How our values play a part in this.  Committing to yourself and others builds trust and the ability to produce the results that we are hoping to achieve.  How sticking to your word builds momentum and credibility.

Trust Yourself

It’s also essential for building trust in yourself.  The focus is very much on doing the right thing and ultimately leads us to be problem solvers.  As Moore says ‘it doesn’t take genius, it takes an attitude of accepting, tackling and even enjoying problems’.

time (not wasting it)

In his final section Moore brings to
a conclusion all the helpful suggestions and adopts the acronym WISLR. 
This stands for Waste, Invest, Spend, Leverage and Recover.  His message
about the ways of spending time is a good reminder that the way we spend our
time is a direct reflection of what we get out of our time.  ‘Time spent
can be valuable or distracting’.  Use it


I really liked Start Now: Get Perfect Later.  The layout was straightforward.  A lot of issues are covered and helpfully broken down into manageable chapters.  The ‘sound bites’ at the end of each chapter give a clear summary and indication of what action steps need to be taken.

Action Is Required

As with any self-help book, the proof is in the doing (quite appropriate given the title of this book).  I felt there were lots of immediately actionable steps that could be embraced.  Some of them are practical like setting things up.  Others need a bit of work. For example, changing habits needs a longer time period.  I can see this book being one that I will return to on a regular basis.

Who Would Benefit From Reading Start Now, Get Perfect Later

This book is for anyone who has
difficulty with getting things done and making decisions.

If you’ve read ‘Start Now, Get Perfect Later’. I would be really interested in what you have to say about it.

Learn More About The Author

If you are interested in learning more about the author Rob Moore, here is a link to his website

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About the author Alison

A qualified UK based coach with 30 years of experience in personal development.

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