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3 simple ways to stop being a perfectionist and become more productive

https://www.fastcompany.com/90562160/3-simple-ways-to-stop-being-a-perfectionist-and-become-more-productive

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3 simple ways to stop being a perfectionist and become more productive
Productivity strategist Tanya Dalton says “Now is a time to be aggressively imperfect.”

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Struggling with a perfectionist mentality

Struggling with a perfectionist mentality

Perfectionism is a tool you’re using to keep you from reaching your full potential.

There is no perfect. People who struggle with perfectionism should learn to be aggressively imperfect. It's okay to feel vulnerable. We're all human, after all.

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Types of perfectionists

To fix a problem, you first have to admit you have a problem. this means discovering what type of perfectionist you are.

  • The Striver: You have no problem starting a task, but you set unreachable standards, so you're constantly battling against failure.
  • The Idealist: You spend all your time envisioning the perfect future. You know you'll never reach the vision in your mind, so you don't make a move to begin.

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Finding your “yes”

It's much easier to say no to things when you can identify your yes. A good yes should align with your core values and leave you feeling fulfilled.

Ask yourself these five questions to find out how you feel about an opportunity. If you answer "no" to any of these questions, you should probably let it go.

  1. Do you want to take this on?
  2. Why?
  3. How much time will it take?
  4. Do you have the time?
  5. Does it fulfil you?

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The three priority levels

You may have to say yes to something that doesn't necessarily fulfil you. When in doubt about what to prioritize in your life, use the three-level prioritizing system.

  1. Escalate: Important and urgent. These tasks are pushing us toward long-term goals and have a pressing deadline.
  2. Cultivate: Important but not urgent. These activities will grow us and move us closer to our end goals but have no deadline. It's easy to let go of these tasks, but they deserve the most emphasis.
  3. Accommodate: Unimportant but urgent. These tasks have a pressing deadline but don't help us reach our long-term goals, such as a messy kitchen. Spend as little time as possible in this section.

When we use a priority list, we work by priority and stop wasting energy deciding what to do next.

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Procrastinators severely overestimate how hard it is to finish a task.

While it can be very tough to start, you'll gain momentum and achieve ten times more work with the same willpower. The result will also be much more rewarding.

The optimistic procrastinator

You overestimate your skills and underestimate the challenge. Your goals may be too small, or you didn't break the big goals into daily tasks.

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The Perfectionist

You are obsessed with your idea of perfection and end up spending way too much time on a specific task. This leads to feelings of being overwhelmed, missed deadlines and delaying other priorities.

Solution: Make sure you have achievable standards that don’t get in the way. Train yourself to do things that fall short of your idea of perfection until you begin to accept that the “imperfect” but functional is enough for most things.

The Underestimator

You often miscalculate how long it will take to do something to the point of missing deadlines and having to reschedule.

Solution: Schedule more time than you expect to take to finish a task, learn how to work faster and to estimate time more accurately. Reviewing past assignments duration will give you good time estimates for future reference.