Perfectionists Need to Learn How to Cut Corners to Cut Stress

When it comes to learning how to cut stress perfectionists have a bigger disadvantage than most other people, simply because they expect so much from themselves.

Having overly high expectations, or simply never accepting anything from yourself than the ideal result, is asking for a life filled with too much stress.

Are you your own worst critic? Do you nitpick everything you do until it’s the very best it can be?

It’s great to be committed to doing everything right, but sometimes perfectionism can cause a build-up of stress and a backlog of tasks.

One of the main reasons men and women get stressed is due to a lack of time. They don’t have enough hours in the day to do it all.

What they don’t realize is that even if the day were stretched to 30 hours instead of 24, they still wouldn’t have time to achieve all of their goals.

You would think that a disciplined person – someone who is very focused on organization and details – would be able to get through a to-do list with ease.

But often, the reverse is true.

A perfectionist can go over the task again and again until it’s just right – causing their tasks to pile up and their rigid schedule to get off-balance.

When this happens, their stress goes through the roof – because they’ve failed to adhere to their own organization and routine.

The key to getting rid of this kind of stress is to learn the art of letting go.

You have to detail the steps it takes to complete a task, and find one step you feel comfortable crossing off the list.

For instance, if handling the influx of email is a stressor and schedule killer for you, write down how you manage your email.

It might look something like this:

1.) Log into 5 different email accounts at least 15 times a day.
2.) Delete all Spam.
3.) Read each email and reply back to clients and customers individually.
4.) File emails into separate folders.

Find a way to streamline your email. If you use Gmail (Google Mail), you can forward all of your different accounts to one primary account and just choose from a drop-down menu whichever reply address you want your recipient to see.

Instead of filing each email in separate folders, group them accordingly.

Check email twice a day instead of 15 times.

Simplifying all of your tasks can help you cut stress instead of causing you to add to the burden

It will feel uncomfortable in the beginning, and you may feel like you are letting your standards down, but it is the only way for a perfectionist to learn how to cut stress.

Cutting corners, and learning to accept 'good enough' is the way to find some stress relief that will make it all worth while.
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