February 13, 2013 | 70 views
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Breaking the perfectionist-procrastination bond
It’s often true that traits that we think do not go together, somehow do. Perfectionism and procrastination is one of those strange bedfellows.
Most people picture procrastinators as lazy folks who don’t give a damn about doing things in a timely manner. If you’re a perfectionist, however, you know that’s not you. You care. You have high standards. You expect a lot, maybe too much, from yourself.
Then, how come you have a tendency to put things off? It doesn’t make sense, But in a twisted kind of way, it does. Here’s why: The same attribute that is your strength (your desire to do things perfectly) is also your nemesis.
It’s tough to start a task when you perceive it as a humongous, time-consuming undertaking.
Being a perfectionist does not inoculate you from procrastination. Indeed, it can actually fuel it. However, you do not need to be helpless in the face of your tendency to put things off. Instead, learn to tweak those traits that work against you. Here are three ways to do so:
1. Tweak Your Thinking by NOT Always Doing Your Best