Hello, my name is Noreen.
I’m a recovering perfectionist and I struggle with the dark side of perfectionism every single day.
Trust me friends....this blog is written from a place of hard-learned lessons.
My perfectionism was once the enemy of my productivity, but no more!
If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, perfectionism may be a challenge for you too.
Perfectionism is a deep need to appear flawless and a wrong belief or way of thinking that perfection is possible.
If taken too far, perfectionism can express itself as obsessive-compulsive disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, chronic stress, and workaholism.
These extreme expressions of perfectionism are not a healthy way to live.
Perfectionism is NOT the new black.
Having an impossibly high standard of “perfect” makes it almost impossible to get anything done.
That being said, striving for excellence (not perfection) is a good thing. Wanting things to be well done and polished is perfectly fine.
This excellence mindset is far more balanced and attainable than a perfectionist mindset.
Let’s just agree that the goal of reaching perfection is unattainable and can become toxic to ourselves and others.
One of the high costs of perfectionism is to your productivity at home and at work.
Productivity isn't about how much you get done but rather what you get done.
Completing your most meaningful and important work is critical to increasing the time you spend with family and friends, enjoying your hobbies or working on your passion project.
Defeating perfectionism and improving your productivity will give you the freedom to live your best life, whatever that means to you.
If your mind is set on perfection, you may not start projects or if you do start them, you don't finish.
Being afraid to fail or believing your work is never quite good enough, can paralyze you from completing it.
As you can see, perfectionism is debilitating and inhibits healthy progress on your goals and tasks.
Perfectionism really is the enemy to your productivity.
There are ways you can combat and overcome your perfectionist tendencies!
Trust me, it is a counterproductive mindset that is worth letting go of.
Stop striving for perfect (it doesn’t exist) and focus on working towards getting your most important tasks or projects done instead.
Read the following points and allow the 2-3 that resonate with you to really sink in.
The key to overcome your perfectionism is to just take the first step on the journey.
Be content with what you accomplish, even when it's not perfect.
Take small steps everyday and this will make a huge impact on how productive you are.
Let go of your deep-seated fear of failing. These are lessons and good for you in the long run.
You only truly fail if you never start or if you start and take yourself out of the game before you cross the finish line.
Feel free to reach out to me below if you are ready to crush your perfectionism and increase your productivity!
I know exactly what you are dealing with.
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Take good care!
Find your freedom.
Live your life.
You Don't Need To Be Perfectly Organized,
Just More Organized, More Often!