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Selective perfectionism

Selective perfectionism

It means choosing when a task is worth an effort that’s above and beyond and when it’s not.

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Julie Morgenstern

“Perfectionism is a pretty rampant problem (...) It may be worse in an era of social media where everybody’s posting the most curated, best, perfect lives and achievements. We’re constantly surrounding by the best way, the perfect way, the right way in our personal and our work lives.” 

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3 types of perfectionism
  • Self-oriented: the irrational desire to be perfect.
  • Socially prescribed: perceiving excessive expectations from others.
  • Other-oriented: placing unrealistic standards on others.

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Seeking perfection can create paralysis that hurts productivity. 

You procrastinate to distract yourself from the big scary tasks you have to do. And you end up beating yourself up later because you wasted so much time.

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Before you start a task, write out the maximum you could do for that task, the minimum you could do, and the moderate–a happy medium of the two.

This allows you to break black-and-white thinking and helps you move forward.

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  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 ourselves, but not nearly as harsh with other people.
  3. Make a commitment to work on a project for a set period of time: Once the time is up, you're done, whether the project is perfect or not.
  4. Put all your perfectionistic tendencies towards areas that are truly important to you.

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