How to Avoid Procrastination and Perfectionism

  1. Spend your time wisely to achieve your full potential.
    Spend 80% of your time on activities that you have passion, competence and need in order to achieve extraordinary results. Delegate everything else. Consider completing the on-line StrengthsQuest form ( to identify your strengths.Action:

    List your top 30 work-related activities. For each activity, assess your ability to do each one based on the descriptions below:
    • Masterful: extraordinary ability; passion; gives you energy
    • Excellent: superior ability; no passion
    • Competent: adequate ability; boredom; little improvement in performance over time
    • Incompetent: inadequate ability; failure; stressful
    • Caution: Delegation without coaching and mentoring does NOT work!

  2. Overcome “there is always a bigger boat” syndrome. Success = achievement + fulfillment.
    Happiness and fulfillment are directly related to how we measure success. Winners measure progress. Losers measure ideal outcomes and feel guilty about failing to achieve perfection.
    What is your ideal outcome in the following areas? Where are you today? What has been your progress over the past year?
    • Health
    • Wealth
    • Talents
    • Career Success
    • PossessionsStrategies to be a winner: (1) don’t measure against others; (2) accept that ideal outcomes are a moving target; (3) commit to daily gratitude; (4) celebrate progress every day; (5) spend 80% of your time in your mastery zone; (6) accept that past does not equal future; and (7) make every moment count.
  3. Focus on the 80% rule to avoid perfectionism.
    Perfectionism is about refusing to decide and commit until you achieve your ideal outcome as a minimum requirement.Perfectionism gets in the way of confidence, motivation and effectiveness. Focus on getting the 1st 80% done as quickly as possible. Beyond the 1st 80%, ask the following questions: Who cares? Who will notice? Can I make a significant improvement? Is the increased quality greater than the lost time?