Perfectionism & Procrastination

Procrastination and perfectionism go hand-in-hand. Typically, when people are chronic procrastinators it is because they have the underlying belief that they need to be perfect at the tasks they engage in. Such a high standard is hard to achieve, and the nearly inevitable consequence is procrastination out of fear of not living up to this standard. Usually there is a reason that this belief formed somewhere along the line and in bringing it to light and exploring it, people can start to develop less rigid and demanding expectations for themselves. Many people worry that if they adopt less demanding expectations of themselves that they will fail to live up to their potential but the opposite is almost always true. As soon as we can hold ourselves to a more reasonable standard we are able to more proactively tackle our work and end up being more productive, not less.