I do not think of myself as a Procrastinator. I prefer to call myself an Under-Estimator. 😉 This is how it used to be in my home. My husband and I would be going somewhere together. He’s calmly ready 15-30 minutes before the agreed time.
At 10 minutes before the agreed time, I’m playing catch-up and wondering why the item I just placed at a particular spot has disappeared, and even worse, how can 10 minutes fly by so quickly? My standard prelude to almost every departure was, “I’ll be right there.”
Still a work in progress, but I’m a lot better. I’m quite proud of myself when I’m ready 5-10 minutes before the agreed time too. Regardless of what I choose to call it, not giving myself enough time to be ready on time is a form of procrastination.
- Why do we procrastinate when we know it causes added stress on our body and often leaves us angry and frustrated?
- Are you late for appointments? Do you miss deadlines? Ignore tasks, even important ones?
- Do you often find yourself putting off things you know you need to do? Even things that are in your own best interest?
- Have you ever wanted something very much but found that it was challenging to take the first action step?
- Does the desire for perfection cause procrastination?
Procrastination can have a negative impact on your life in general, as well as relationships with others. Are you a business owner? Whether you’re a Solopreneur or in a partnership, business can be lost because deadlines are not met for yourself or for your clients, trust and confidence can be lost between you and your partner(s), as well as you and clients, and opportunities missed.
The Desire for Perfection
There is nothing wrong with having a desire to be perfect…within reason. Wouldn’t most of us want to be perfect if we had the choice?
As a business owner, however, the desire for perfection can be paralyzing so that you fail to take action, or you start but fail to complete what you start. There are various reasons that the ‘perfectionist’ will give himself or herself to justify this lack of action. Some of these fall anywhere in the middle or directly on the following:
- Fear that if your business does not succeed, as a person you will be perceived as a failure.
- Fear that what you do is never good enough and so you spend countless hours revising the blog post, re-doing the ebook you created last week, deleting the audio because of one small slip-up, and sometimes never sharing your mind and attributes with the people who want to learn from you.
- You continue to take classes and learn and learn, but never share because you feel you don’t know everything perfectly so you can’t coach others.
- The desire for perfection can stifle creativity, one of the essential qualities of a successful entrepreneur. Wanting to stay perfectly ‘within the lines,’ could cause you to be inflexible rather than jumping off the beaten path and finding your own music.
During my corporate life, I did my best and gave 110%. If you’d asked me if I were a perfectionist at work, I would have replied that I was not. Yet, when I became an entrepreneur and started my online business, my fear of not appearing perfect prevented me from launching the products I created, or I would revise them so many times that it became a chore. A little book , “Take Action, Revise Later,” written by one of my mentors, Bob “The Teacher” Jenkins, four years ago changed my perspective.
What will it take to change your perspective and avoid the futile quest or desire for perfection so that you ignite your business and move forward? Aristotle said, Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” What not reflect on that for a moment?
My solution and mantra is now “Better done than perfect!” What will your new mantra be when you shake off the perfection paralysis?
If this article, in some way, reflects your challenge, let’s get together on the phone for a no sales pitch, no obligation conversation. I’d love to share strategies and tips with you that helped me to overcome a challenge I did not recognize I had which kept me stuck. You may use the contact form at http://yvonneajones.com/contact-me with “Procrastination Call” in the subject line.