This is a short article about how to overcome perfectionism. I could make it long, but short will do because the message will get through just as well in a few words as in more. The way to overcome perfectionism immediately is simply to choose to get every job done in theperfect amount of time.
Overcoming Perfectionism – The one instant shift needed
Change your focus from getting it done perfectly to getting it done in the perfect (optimal) amount of time.
There is nothing wrong with being a perfectionist. Be proud that you are a perfectionist, but choose to be perfectly efficient. The stuff that doesn’t get done/fixed/reviewed/etc doesn’t get done because that would be an imperfect use of your time.
There are plenty of successful people who are perfectionists or at least have perfectionist tendencies. They spend their lives in a few ways …
- making one wonderful breakthrough because they wasted a lot of time perfecting it (inefficient)
- making a bigger impact because they got pretty good at getting things right the first time (more efficient)
- making a massive impact because they got help from other people but still set and maintained high standards (not perfect) realizing early that perfect doesn’t exist (super efficient).
You choose – decide to circumvent that immobilizing perfectionism immediately.
Now, as a reformed perfectionist, if you find yourself slipping your focus back onto those things that waste your time – no matter where (eg at work/home/etc), then just repeat the following : (no it’s not perfect – refine it in the car if you like) …
How to Overcome Perfectionism – The Song
Overcoming perfectionism is not my goal
I have perfectionism in my soul
But I focus my thoughts on the time I spend
Which means this task now has to end !
Keep singing it until …