Perfectionists are some of the most hard-working people in the world – not missing a detail they constantly produce excellent work…
… except their greatest strength can become their biggest weakness if not managed right.
Often times, perfectionists fall into the paralyzing trap of either spending too much time on one project, or missing deadlines because they keep revising, re-editing, re-doing, over and over, in search for the “perfect” product.
But instead of letting perfection cripple your next project – use it to your advantage and remember these key points.
Perfectionists often have a hard time getting started on a project, because they are so busy researching every detail or gathering information.
Or, the goal of what they want to achieve is so great they get spooked out at actually starting, fearing they won’t be able to actually make it perfect.
But often times the key to get over getting stuck is to just get started!
For example, if you’re buying a house – and need to make a deal by the end of the year – you can scroll through hundreds of homes on an app – looking for the “perfect house” – but sooner or later you’re going to need to find a relator and start the process.
Taking that small step of reaching out to a good realtor and beginning the process is a way to make the “dream house” in your head tangible.
Momentum is contagious, and by taking even small steps to start on your project or task you will continue to build momentum.
Aim For Excellence Not Perfection
Realize you will never have the “perfect” anything. Perfection doesn’t exist.
This does not mean to throw important projects together at the last minute “just to get it done.”
Nor does it mean to skimp on critical details – hiding under the excuse that “something is better than nothing.”
When agreeing to a project or taking on a new challenge – always strive for excellence.
Realize you can do something really well – and produce an excellent project – without having to stress on making it “perfect.”
Let your work speak for itself.
Learn To Manage Your Time
Perfectionists get stuck in the details – as they often take on way more commitments than they can realistically mange.
Leaders tend to rely on the detail-oriented nature of perfectionists and know they will produce good work – so they tend to give them extra work – which then causes the perfectionist to become overwhelmed.
Instead, learn to adopt the mantra “It’s better to do a few things really well – than a bunch of tasks mediocre.”
Practice saying no and learn to set boundaries.
If you don’t guard your time, others will take advantage of the fact you always say “yes” when asked to do something!
Use Perfection To Your Advantage
If you have a natural tendency to see flaws in projects, consider a career that allows you to maximize your strength – like an editor or change management consultant.
Your boss might also depend on you when making decisions to think of things that others might miss.
But make sure in the daily grind your perfection doesn’t cripple you.
Being late on deadlines because you are trying to make something “perfect” won’t score you points with your boss, and constantly criticizing others’ projects won’t win you any friends.
Focus on your own goals, and do them with excellence.
The rest will take care of itself!
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