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How To Be Your Most Productive Self: Let Go Of Being Perfect
We live in an era of overachievement, and in this era flaunting those achievements (we're looking at you, social media) is totally the norm. Because pretty much everyone's achievements are on full display at all times, it can be easy to get caught up in the idea that "perfect is the new black," and if you want to be successful in today's hyper-competitive culture, you need to be perfect, too.

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“Done” is always better than “Perfect”

“Done” is always better than “Perfect”

“Perfect” and “productive” aren’t the same thing; perfectionism is actually counterproductive.

Just because society is placing a higher value on perfection doesn’t mean you...

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3 types of perfectionism

  • Self-oriented: when people are highly critical of themselves.
  • Other-oriented: when people are highly critical of others.
  • Sociall...

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What causes perfectionism

  • Competitive work environments: If you work in a culture that demands perfection, you’ll probably start demanding perfection.
  • Pride and personality...

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Perfectionism and procrastination

People who are concerned about perfection often have a hard time getting started.

They’re stressed about doing things perfectly, they feel paralyzed to get started, and the...

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Let go of the need to be perfect

  1. Start small: Get comfortable to let go of the need to be perfect from the beginning.
  2. Try an outside perspective: We're usually hard on ourselv...

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Set Reasonable Goals

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Dividing your goals into more achievable steps and rewarding yourself when you achieve them, will make you less stressed, less likely to give up and more forgiving of mistakes.

Alter Your Self-Talk In a Positive Way

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Break down projects

 ... into manageable tasks. 

This way, you're armed with a set of concrete actions to take rather a vague cloud of high expectations.

Define the next action

... rather than all subsequent steps.

Focusing only on the next action gives you permission to work on something even if you don’t have it all figured out—which is crucial to completing tasks that in the past have left you paralyzed.

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