Perfectionism can certainly lead to procrastination and wasted work hours. These phrases can help you spot it and avoid the traps that usually come along with it.
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Perfectionism can turn the simplest of tasks into a long, drawn-out experience that completely wipes you out. The problem is setting unrealistic requirements for yourself. Andrew Shatté of stress resilience building company meQuilibrium calls these type of thoughts “icebergs,” and they’re best to steer away from them:
One example of an iceberg belief at play with procrastination is, “I should get everything perfect” (sound familiar?). This need to have things a certain way before you take any action will stunt your progress and keep you stuck. How do you know you’re dealing with an iceberg? The signs include words like “I should” or “I must” zipping through your mind.
Phrases like “I should” and “I must” can put your brain on a non-stop loop. No matter how much you get done, there will always be something you “should” do. Those phrases are definite red flags, so focus only on what you need to do. Chances are your version of “good enough” is better than you realise.