It’s a battle that no one is going to win…the battle to be perfect. I’ve struggled with it all my life. From wanting the perfect body, to striving to be the perfect mom, wife, friend, and business owner.
Setting high standards is good. It’s just learning how to handle things when you make mistakes. We are going to me make mistakes…a lot of them. We are NOT perfect. It’s easy to say, but when you put so much pressure on yourself to be perfect, it’s a lot harder to actually believe those words. Perfectionists hold themselves to unrealistic standards and can actually get extremely stressed. According to Work Stress Solutions, perfectionism is the leading cause of procrastination in the workplace. Not good.
Think you are a perfectionist? Answer these questions.
Do you beat yourself up if you make a mistake?
Do you think the measure of your worth is how successful you are?
Do you have a fear of messing up?
Do you set unrealistic goals?
Do you have trouble completing a task?
How’d you do? Did you answer yes to any of them If so, here’s some tips to help you overcome your perfectionism and be more efficient in the workplace.
It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect
You don’t want you work to have mistakes or be sloppy, but there is not much of a difference between work that is perfect and work that is very good. This is hard to understand, coming from a perfectionist myself, but ask yourself – did you accomplish your goals of your project? If the answer is yes, you should stop and move on.
Meet Your Deadline
Perfectionists tend to miss deadlines or stress out because of them. Use deadlines as a guide to keep yourself on task. Set goals and stay on track.
Remember, we are human. We are going to make mistakes and so are your co-workers. If you make a mistake, learn from it and move on. Don’t dwell on it. It will just prevent you from doing your job.
Focus on the Positive
Many perfectionists have low self-esteem and focus a lot on the negative. Don’t think about what you didn’t do, think about what you did do. Your boss wouldn’t have hired you if they didn’t think you were smart and an asset to the company.
Like myself, you will probably have to remind yourself a hundred times a day that it’s okay to make a mistake and move on. Remember, you are not perfect. You are human.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this and share your tips to overcoming perfectionism.