How to Avoid Procrastination and Perfectionism
- 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 (www.strengthsquest.com) 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!
- 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.
Action: What is your ideal outcome in the following areas? Where are you today? What has been your progress over the past year?
• Career Success
Strategies 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.
- 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?