Perfectionist at procrastinating?
Hello beautiful souls,
Are you an action (wo)man and a decision maker; can you make up your mind in a moment, know when a job is done, plan and follow it through to completion without hesitation? You can? Perfect!
Or is it? Is it perfect? How do you know? Do you spend hours checking and re-checking your work to ensure it is perfect? Do you go over plans or finished work, time and time again just in case you have missed something important? Don’t you trust yourself to know when something is ready?
Perhaps you prefer to stall your life in the other tried and tested method, by procrastination. Do you dither between action steps never actually taking any? Do you put off putting your ideas into action until ‘something or other’ is done?
Whether you are a perfectionist, a procrastinator or a perfectionist in procrastination, the outcome is the same; you never actually finish a project happily, successfully, in good time to the best of your ability. You are limiting your potential by being either a perfectionist or a procrastinator.
Before seeking to change your habit, why not ask yourself, ‘Why?’ What are you scared of? What is your fear about the project or goal that you are working towards? Many of us use the twin tactics of procrastination and perfectionism to keep ourselves safe from something. So, delve deep and ask yourself why you are putting off completing the task, starting on your plan, or ‘putting yourself out there’. Sort through that emotion first and then change your habit. In all probability by paying this attention to yourself, your habit will become a thing of the past naturally.
If you always procrastinate or exhibit perfectionist tendencies in some areas of your life but not others, ask yourself what it is about those aspects. We are really very simple beings and if you always procrastinate about cleaning your car but hate the fact it is knee deep in litter, why do you allow this drain on your energy. Do you love yourself enough to clean it up and keep it looking and smelling new? Do you somehow benefit from the daily annoyance of its untidy presence? This is your comfort zone somehow because if it made you uncomfortable you would be sorting it out. If you dislike that your car is always in an untidy, dirty state but do nothing about it; take a moment to ask yourself why you do that. Work through it, and change it!
You are already perfect so make life easy for yourself and stop procrastinating; allow yourself to shine contentment.
I love you, humanity