The major reason we procrastinate is Perfection. We make excuses of how things aren’t good enough to proceed. The need for perfection heavily affects creatives. This is because they have to put their work out there and take the feedback, therefore it’s not for the faint hearted as not everyone will like your work or style. Some people give feedback on your work based on whether they like you or not!
So how do we get over the what if’s?
Stop Overthinking and just start. Realizing that you are not the cup of tea for everyone on the planet and that some people will always be mean. Same applies to your work. You should be sure that there is going to be negative feedback no matter how good your work is. This is not to say that you should not pay attention to any negative feedback, but be sure to differentiate it with constructive criticism.
Being perfect does not mean that you have to be the most talented to make an impact. It’s the effort you put in. In time people realize the effort exerted to what you do and appreciate it. Take an under- appreciated parent for example. When your kids grow up, they always appreciate the sacrifices that you made.
Another thing that we need to consider when perfection becomes a barrier to productivity is that for us to be better, we have to do things over and over. This is how we learn and improve ourselves.
It’s important to remember that perfection is an illusion. There is no such thing as a perfect Parent, boss or a perfect spouse. Do not let perfection ruin your life. Get out there and do what needs to be done. Do this to YOUR BEST ABILITY and leave the rest for later.
Chasing perfection can sometimes be at the detriment of good qualities. It might lead to heavy procrastination and low self esteem as you are constantly comparing yourself to others. This creates a series of bad habits which then become a struggle to get over. According to James Clear, a writer, If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. I recommend reading this book for a step by step guide to changing behaviour.