Time management tips are really avenues for discovering your strengths. As you examine how you use your time, you access powerful keys to unlock your potential. One of the best ways you can support your productivity and your happiness is by understanding the ways that you allow perfectionism to shackle you.
Perfectionism traps you into rigid behaviors and paralyzing fears. You may be surprised to learn how much perfectionism derives its powers from false promises and threats that you give yourself. However, sentence completions can help you detect these destructive distortions. Recognizing how insubstantial the promises and threats truly are helps you reclaim your power over your time and your productivity.
Expose Perfectionism’s Illusions – A Sentence Completion Exercise
You may find that you give these sentences different endings at different times. These variations enrich your understanding. What matters is that you develop a full appreciation of how much you contribute to your own imprisonment.
- Doing something perfectly means I am ____.
- When I don’t do something perfectly, then ____.
- Perfectionism weighs me down by ___.
Perfectionism may have started as an honest attempt to do your best and to please others who were important to you, when you were a child. Now, though, your task is to expose the illusions of perfectionism, so that you can mobilize yourself with the power of reality. Explore the sentences you have completed. Then ask yourself the following questions:
Reduce the Illusory Importance of Perfectionism
- What myths do you attach to the idea of perfection?
- What fears contribute to your desire to be perfect?
- What real reward can you give yourself that is more valuable than chasing an empty dream?
As you can see, by shining the light on old beliefs, you expose their shortcomings, and provide yourself with a powerful incentive to explore, learn from your mistakes, and open up new worlds of potential!
Remember that this is an ongoing exploration. The more effectively you utilize time by training your focus on realistic goals, the easier you will find it to pace yourself. Starting and completing important projects will no longer incapacitate you with anxiety.
As a final exercise, ask yourself, how can you eliminate one of the constrictions of perfectionism from your life today?© Copyright 2009 Paula Eder, Ph.D.