Welcome to Happiness Stealers: How Perfectionism & Procrastination War with Productivity! You probably decided to take part in this challenge because, like so many of us, you struggle with putting things off due to a desire to make things perfect. This truly is a common issue. Know that you’re not alone in this battle.
Perfectionism seems like a good thing, doesn’t it? Taking pride in your work and wanting to do an excellent job sounds like something to strive for. However, perfectionism goes beyond merely a desire to do your best. It puts pressure on you to achieve a standard that is not attainable, and this can be quite damaging.
One of the ways in which the need to be perfect plays out badly for many of us is through procrastination. Trying to make sure everything is perfect is just exhausting. Instead of pushing you to do great things, it can actually have the opposite effect. It can stop you in your tracks and keep you from making any progress at all.
There are many reasons why perfectionism leads to procrastination. Fear that you won’t be good enough is one of the most often-cited. Setting unrealistic standards for yourself and low confidence in yourself can also lead you to put important things off. Comparing yourself to others might also be a cause for delay.
Regardless of the reasons, the perfectionism-procrastination cycle steals your happiness and holds you back from living your true potential. Knowing this can cause all kinds of negative emotions that just add to the problem. Guilt, low self-worth, sadness, anger, and regret are all emotions you probably deal with if you find yourself frequently dealing with this pattern.
The good news is that there are ways to break out of this harmful cycle. I will be giving you lots of tools and resources to do just that over our next 30 days together. You’ll discover more information about perfectionism and procrastination, along with real ways to manage the problem and take control of your life.
It won’t be easy to overcome internalized beliefs and lifelong habits, but it is possible. With education and practice, you’ll start to feel more empowered and capable of accomplishing your goals. Get ready to learn a lot and to take pride in what you can achieve once you discover some ways to break out of the perfectionism-procrastination trap.
Thank you for joining me. Let’s get started!