The desire to be a perfectionist is common in our society. We all want to be perfect at everything we do, but at what cost? Perfectionism can be extremely exhausting and can lead to burnout and decreased motivation. These all are negative attributes towards increased productivity. When you set unrealistic goals for yourself, you tend to spend too much time to complete a project perfectly at the expense of other items that may have been put on the back burner.
Most perfectionists have trouble delegating to other because they are too worried that someone else cannot do the job as well. The result of this is being overworked which leads to burnout, higher stress, and even poor health. If you are a perfectionist and ready to make a change to reduce your perfectionist traits, just remember that it takes time to incorporate this kind of change in your life. So be patient, celebrate your milestones, and don’t give up when things get tough.
Here are a few ways you can overcome perfectionism:
- Develop awareness of when you are or think you are a perfectionist.
- Create a cost-benefit analysis to determine if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
- Accept self as a human being and forgive self for mistakes.
- Find the happy medium between perfection and just good enough.
- Set healthy goals of realistic accomplishments.
- Realize that the important thing is to be positive.
Perfectionism is a serious problem that will affect many things including productivity. The first step to overcoming perfectionism is to recognize that it exists. Once you do this you can start to work on the issues that come with perfectionism and find a balance between perfectionism and productivity. The key to a productive yet good quality outcome is to maintain a good balance between perfectionism and productivity.
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