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In today’s fast-paced world, time is a precious commodity. We often find ourselves juggling multiple responsibilities, deadlines, and expectations.
If you often find yourself putting tasks and projects off until the last minute, struggling to find the motivation to start or finish something, or encountering paralysis about doing an important assignment until the deadline, you might be a procrastinator.
Even though procrastination is usually associated with laziness, it is, surprisingly, caused by perfectionism.
These seemingly unrelated traits are often linked in a destructive loop, creating a vicious cycle that can hinder personal and professional growth. This article will explore the concept of procrastination and perfectionism, understand their connection, and provide practical tips to break free from their grip.
Procrastination is the habit of postponing tasks that require attention, often replacing them with non-essential activities. According to Dr. Marnie Rogers-de Jong, procrastination involves putting off or delaying an assignment that we would be better off doing now.
The doctor explains that procrastination can appear in different areas of life – from work or university to home. The reasons for procrastination can vary, including fear of failure, lack of motivation, overwhelming workload, or simply an unwillingness to confront challenging tasks.
The most demanding tasks are usually the ones we procrastinate on the most.
If a deadline is not fixed or is far away, the chances of procrastinating increase since instant gratification is far more alluring than reaching a long-term and distant goal.
Perfectionism is the relentless pursuit of flawlessness and the fear of making mistakes. Perfectionists set impossibly high standards for themselves and those around them. Longbottom defines perfectionism as a personality trait where one sets unrealistic expectations for oneself, strives for faultlessness, and indulges in extreme self-criticism.
Perfectionists usually judge their self-worth based on their accomplishments leading to fear of failure or making mistakes.
Fear of inadequacy often causes procrastination as a symptom of perfectionism. Since the bar is usually set too high, perfectionists cope with the risk of underperforming tasks by avoiding them or by putting them off as long as possible.
In other words, the fear of not meeting one’s self-expectations triggers procrastination as a coping mechanism to deal with stressful tasks.
While a desire to excel and deliver exceptional results can be a positive trait, extreme perfectionism can be debilitating. Perfectionists often find themselves trapped in an unending cycle of self-criticism and doubt, leading to indecisiveness and a fear of taking action.
The procrastination-perfectionism cycle is mentally draining and leads to anxiety, stress, and depression. Even though procrastination is usually an integrated pattern, some tips might be helpful for most people.
So, how do we stop holding onto unrealistically high expectations and take action toward success?
The article was written by: Ana Knezović