Monday Morning Emails Perfectionism Procrastination Causes

Failing To Take Action


Issue #7: Failing To Take Action

I delayed working on a task a few days ago. I knew it had to be done but I kept giving myself the excuse that if I didn’t do it, I wouldn’t make a complete mess of it.

It’s not that I couldn’t do the job. In fact, I’m good at it. It’s just that I had so many other things to do at work and home I couldn’t give it my best effort.

“Ding. Ding. Ding.”

Perfection is the enemy of progress

Perfectionism rears its cruel head.

If I don’t think I can do the task to my exact standards, I delay starting. When I do tackle it, I end up cramming a 2-week project into a 2-day work fest that isn’t my best work.

Psychologists coined this practice of self-serving excuses as self-handicapping. It’s a strategy of intentionally sabotaging our own efforts. We do it to construct our own barriers to success that protects us from the consequences of failure that can crush our egos.

When I postpone a task, I fear is beyond my capabilities of my best work, I am creating an obstacle I can point to as the reason for flopping.

There are ways to beat this self-handicapping behaviour and we’ll look at them in a future email.

I wonder if you are also procrastinating due to perfectionism?

Sending you warm thoughts for a productive week,

Vera JM Friesen

P.S. Thank you for joining me on this journey from procrastinating to finally being productive. You can read past issues here.



Vera JM Friesen

I'm obsessed with personal growth and overcoming anything that stands in my way. I hope to help many people by sharing insights and tools to overcome procrastination.

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