Tips on How to Make Peace with Imperfection and Stop Procrastinating Once and for All!

How to Make Peace with Imperfection and Stop Procrastinating

I don’t know about you, but this has been a rough winter filled with procrastination. Just getting out of bed in the morning feels like an Olympic sport. The struggle to fight inertia is real!

Opened boxes strewn across the basement floor.

Four months after moving, we still have boxes and boxes of ‘stuff’ that haven’t been unpacked yet. Every time I walk by those boxes, the contents are screaming for my attention.

Even more frustrating is the scope creep — where procrastination extends into other spheres of living.

This manifests itself in many ways, such as:

• Not keeping in touch with friends (fail).
• Not teaching my high school junior how to research colleges (shame on me).
• Not consistently packing a healthy lunch to take to work (groan).
• Not sending my fairy godmother a birthday present (huh? just kidding!)
Well, the power of procrastination is so strong, I’ve experienced writer’s block for the past two weeks!

Root Cause of Procrastination

So, how can you battle inertia? Reflecting on the root cause when it’s time for a ‘reality check’ is beneficial. Just don’t get bogged down in reflecting too long (and perpetuating the vicious cycle of procrastination)!

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. Am I a perfectionist? Can you accept being ‘good enough’?
  2. What am I avoiding (tasks, emotions, conflicts)?
  3. Is my body trying to tell me something?

Truth be told, I never connected the dots between procrastination and the pursuit of perfection until I read Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are (See also this video!)

What If? Curbing Perfectionism

So, what if….you don’t do {this work task, this favor, this burdensome chore.}? What will happen? Will the sky fall? (think ‘Chicken Little’)

Let’s say you despise sitting down to pay the bills. (If you are like me, betwixted and between, some bills are on autopay and some bills are paid by writing those obsolete things called checks).

…If you don’t pay your bills, your credit rating will suffer. Or the utilities eventually could get shut off.

…If you don’t eat healthy foods, your energy level will decrease. Reduced energy levels feed into a never-ending cycle of inertia.

Is ‘good enough’ in your vocabulary? If not, see Brené Brown’s take on perfectionism:

Perfectionism Quote

Perfectionism Quote

 

What can you do to jump out of your current rut? First, if just getting out of bed is a chore, talk to your family doctor to ensure you don’t have an underlying health issue.

If your doctor has cleared your health, then it’s reality check time. To win the battle over procrastination, you need a plan of attack!

7 Tips for Battling Procrastination

  • Set a time limit. If you need to pay bills, set a timer and work on bill paying for 15 minutes. You will be surprised at how much you can accomplish!
  • Do a ‘data dump.’ Note all of the things you are avoiding into a journal (electronic or old school paper). Don’t label this a ‘to do’ list — that can be overwhelming.

Select three things from that list.

  • Break down the three things you selected into smaller tasks and devote small chunks of time. Start with one task, then move on to step 4.
  •  Do something kind for your body. Meditate. Take a Walk. Listen to Goth music (just kidding, unless it’s relaxing!). Diffuse essential oils.

Go back to Step 3 and work on another task (rinse, repeat Steps 3 and 4 until you feel you have made a dent in your ‘data dump’ list).

  • Work with your inner clock. If you are a night owl, figure out what your most productive time frame is. Schedule tasks that don’t require the rest of the world in your time zone to be awake.
  • Be forgiving and adjust your expectations.
  • If you have the financial resources to outsource a pesky task, do it!

Confession: This year I decided to hire an accountant. I don’t have the patience to wrap my head around filing a multi-state tax return–not when I have boxes that could be unpacked in the basement!

I would love to hear how you fight procrastination and curb your perfectionist tendencies. Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

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2 thoughts on “How to Make Peace with Imperfection and Stop Procrastinating

  1. MmrliRuddy

    I totally hear you about a lack of inertia. I think for me I feel like there is so much to get done that I will never reach the end. It’s like I’m fighting a losing battle. So I decided this year I was going to let go of some stuff. Doing that has helped. I still feel overwhelmed at times but it seems more manageable now.

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