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The Connection Between Being A Procrastinator And A Perfectionist

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By Amanda Miller

Have you ever wondered about the connection between being a perfectionist and a procrastinator? It may sound counterintuitive at first, but there’s something.

Don’t people who pursue perfection like to bypass the issues of being last-minute?

Let’s be honest: everyone will need help with unpredictable deadlines. Most of us have prior knowledge of the deadlines, though. We are only sometimes able to predict the events surrounding the deadlines.

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Some of us can predict our willpower to complete the assignment promptly. But if you have a lot of time, which could be more beneficial, then the reason for the imperfection is that you ought to be sound.

In short, procrastination can be a coping tool for perfectionism.

The relationship between perfectionism and procrastination is undoubtedly complex and depends on the level of fault. The aspects of perfectionism that will generally increase procrastination include:

  • Negative thinking
  • Wondering about other people’s opinions
  • Lack of gratification from successful performance
  • Extra amount of worry over making mistakes

The best example: Whether you’re a new or former student of any education, there’s always going to be a concern that can lead to unnecessarily postponing submissions due to worry. You also consider redoing the work, which falls to anxiety and simply not wanting to fail.

Failing costs money and mental health problems increases the risk of failure.

There are different methods by which perfectionism can guide procrastination.

For example, it can increase individuals’ negative feelings when they make mistakes, directing them to pause their profession to delay the associated adverse feelings.

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Alternatively, perfectionism can increase individuals’ anticipations of themselves, which raises the difference between individuals’ present condition and one’s desired position.

Many of the problems associated with perfectionism arrive from tending too much to what others desire of you or what others feel. If this concerns you, you should concentrate on the objectives and measures you selected for yourself and understand what’s essential.

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Try to talk with a skilled therapist regarding your perfectionistic problems or speak with an honest close friend who can help you. It’s time to ask for assistance.

Before deciding which methods to use, you should consider your perfectionism and procrastination to learn about their relationship.

You need to sleep. It’s an encouragement for me. It’s a sole reminder that, indeed, sleep is your friend.

It can definitely lower your productivity in such a small amount of time. But it will usually be considerably more helpful for you in the long-term, both when it comes to productivity and well-being.

Forgive yourself for procrastinating. As a person with horrible memory problems due to a disorder, exhaustion and writer’s block are everyday struggles even when given time to write.

It would be too late when I realized there was a deadline and the created piece would certify as crap. Hell, because I missed the deadline now I’m reconsidering this whole thing.

Figure out why you procrastinate. See if there are different causes beyond perfectionism. This will assist you in finding the most suitable anti-procrastination strategies to use in your circumstances.

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Amanda Miller is an upcoming novelist and contributor writer to Femi Magazine, Sheen Magazine, and other digital platforms. She writes on topics of Black excellence, wellness, and entertainment.

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This article was originally published at Unwritten. Reprinted with permission from the author.