PROCRASTINATION: The Weakness and Strength of a Perfectionist

Procrastination and perfectionism might be said to work hand in hand. First understanding what procrastination and perfectionism entails is very important.

Procrastination: it is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished by a certain deadline. It could be further stated as a habitual or intentional delay of starting or finishing a task despite knowing it might have negative consequences. While Perfectionism is a trait characterized by a person striving to be flawless. Perfectionist a person who refuse to accept any standard short of perfection.

Are you still wondering why perfectionist are the often associated to procrastination? Here, are the traits of perfectionism

  • Fear  of Failure
  • All or nothing thinking
  • Defensiveness
  • Fault finding with self and others
  • Inflexibility
  • Need for control
  • Lack of trust                                  

Source: Forbes

  The main reason why they are associated to procrastination is because perfectionists have a very high standard set for every goal and that every goal must be achieved at the very standard it was set. Some researchers have often termed them the wrecking twin.

For perfectionist procrastination is might function as a strength for them; to the unknowing crowd the perfectionist is so smart that he does things in a way he/she is seen to be faultless, meanwhile the perfectionist knows what he/she had to go through to get the goal actualized. At the same times it’s a very big weakness for them as it could cause self- doubt, self-abuse, mental loop and also insomnia.

 For perfectionists success is just not enough, at times it takes more to satisfy them. This is often a problem for them, when a standard is set and they feel like they are a little behind on their plan, they assume it is not the perfect time.  From that moment on they keep planning and re-strategizing on ways to complete the task, while this plan is been considered thoroughly they keep pushing execution and changing dates and time to actualize the goal.

Most times the fear to fail at a project is their main motivation to procrastinate. This unreasonable striving for perfection stems from attempts to preserve a sense of self-worth that hinges on the expectations of others. It is often referred to as “the highest form of self-abuse” because perfection simply doesn’t exist.

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