The definition of being a perfectionist is refusing to accept anything short of perfection. And the definition of being a procrastinator is a person delaying or putting things off. So how are they connected?
Well I can honestly say that I feel the two are very much connected. I have always been a perfectionist, but I never looked as myself as a procrastinator. However, once I reached my mid 20’s the procrastination bug bit me. To this day I still have not been able recall what could have happened in my life to make me become a procrastinator. But I can say that it did affect me and my life in lots of ways.
So when I say I feel the two are very much connected, I say that because, I can have an idea or vision in my head for a while but instead putting that vision into action, I will continue to delay what I wanted to do because the feeling of inadequacy kicks in or I feel that every little detail needs to be hammered out before I act on my vision. The crazy part is the longer I delay that idea because i want it to be perfect, the less motivated I feel to complete it which leads to me not completing my task or reasoning with myself in why I need to wait. Which also led to many missed opportunities.
It’s said that being a perfectionist is over-committing one’s self to a task while a procrastinator under-commits themselves to a task; which explains why me being a perfectionist and worrying about every insignificant detail eventually made me a procrastinator because I would constantly delay my task due to me feeling it had to be perfect.
The effects of Perfectionism/Procrastination can cause:
- Obsessive Thinking
- Sense of Inadequacy
- Missed Opportunities
- And sometimes a sense of life passing you by.
Fight Perfectionism/Procrastination by:
- Breaking the task down, work on it a little at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
- Removing distractions
- Stop being a perfectionist. Understand that you can always go back and perfect the project.
- Most of all “Just Do It” Over Thinking Kills the Process.
To this day both being a perfectionist and a procrastinator is something that I struggle with but with continued growth and understanding my lack. I will improve.