Perfectionism and to-do lists

To-do lists can help perfectionists move past our paralysis. They may find making a list to be a reassuring guide to their day.

But there's also a risk: to-do lists can backfire if they become yet another report card we perfectionists use to evaluate ourselves too harshly.

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Time Management

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... by designating A, B, C, and F Tasks.

  • A tasks: These are what you’ll give most of your time and energy to. Work on these during the time of day when you have the most energy and focus. 
  • B tasks: Leave these tasks for lower energy times of day or batch them together on a particular day later in the week.
  • C tasks: These are tasks that you’ll want to give the least of your energy to.
  • F tasks: Try to delegate or automate these tasks as much as possible. 

 ... into manageable tasks. 

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

... 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.

... rather than outcome goals.

We often become so focused on the end result of a project that we don’t appreciate and enjoy (or ever really get started on) the process.

The satisfaction of small wins keeps us intrinsically motivated.

Assign your tasks a time limit to force yourself to not get lost in perfecting each and every detail. 

Often, perfectionists bite off more than we can chew — one consequence of not prioritizing.

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Do a weekly review to reflect on your progress

Try to identify things you avoided due to fear of failure and situations where your perfectionism wasn’t worth it or moments where you did well despite being uncertain.

Your objective here is to learn where perfectionism has a positive impact and where it does not.

How to Manage Your Perfectionism

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Perfectionism: The Pursuit Of Constant Excellence

There is a common trait among many high-achievers: Perfectionism. Celebrated geniuses like Leonardo Da Vinci, Beethoven, Steve Jobs and even Kanye West share an obsessive commitment towards excellence.

The pursuit of excellence does have its pitfalls, and perfectionism does have the tendency to mutate into a constant striving for increasingly unrealistic goals, leading to frustration, anxiety, and a decrease in one’s productivity.

The Perfectionism Paradox

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Depression is not a joke

Traits of a perfectly hidden depression syndrome

 • Your perfectionism is fueled by a constant, critical inner voice of intense shame or fear.

 • You demonstrate an excessive sense of responsibility and look for solutions.

 • You are unable to accept and express painful emotions.

 • You dismiss or discount abuse or trauma.

 • You worry a lot and avoid situations where you're not in control.

 • You are highly focused on tasks and expectations and validate yourself with your accomplishments.

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