Did you know perfectionism is actually a form of procrastination?
When the deadline has been met or the job completed, instead of moving onto the next project, perfectionists tend to drag things out until every detail is perfect (you know who you are). Striving towards perfection is admirable, but being a perfectionist can sometimes be an obstacle when you’re trying to move forward on a project.
Here are some secrets from a “recovering perfectionist”:
- Use a timer: When you really need to focus, set a timer for every 15 minutes to remind you that time is passing. This encourages you to just “get it done” rather than worry about minute details.
- Remember things don’t have to be perfect: Sometimes you just have to make it work, especially when collaborating with others who are waiting on you. If you’re a visual person, write a note to yourself that reminds you to just get it done.
- Set deadlines and tell someone about them: Since perfectionism is a form of procrastination, it’s important to set a deadline. Then inform a colleague of your deadline so they can hold you accountable.
- Get up from your desk and do something else: Sometimes you just need a break to clear your head. Go for a walk, get some water, or complete a task that requires less concentration.
- Resist the urge to keep everything: It may seem unrelated, but if you’re the person who everyone comes to for information (and perfectionists often are “that person”), it’s hard to get rid of things. But the reality is that you don’t need to keep everything.
Are you a perfectionist? What are some tips you have for perfectionists?