Perfectionist? How to Deal.

Let’s be honest—perfectionists don’t get much sympathy. They’re the students who tirelessly work for that A+, do projects over and over again until they meet high standards, and can’t stand being anything less than “perfect.” While it may seem like these students are lucky, being a perfectionist isn’t easy. Perfectionists put a lot of pressure on themselves and often deal with anxiety, which can actually hurt instead of help them. Here are a few tips to manage perfectionist tendencies.

Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

Mistakes are a part of life. It’s how we learn and grow. If you’re afraid to make mistakes and ultimately fail, you might end up limiting yourself and not trying new things because of your fear. Step up to a challenge and know that you might not be the best at it to start.

Stop Comparing Yourself

Because perfectionists want to be the greatest at everything, they tend to compare themselves to others. This is dangerous. Keep your own grades to yourself and focus on that—don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.

Set Time Limits

Students who have perfectionist tendencies often take much longer to do assignments than other students because they spend so much time trying to make it perfect. If you set a limit on how long you can work on something you’ll be much more efficient.

Be Proud of Yourself

Perfectionists often beat themselves up over…. almost everything!  Focus on being more positive in your thoughts. Be proud of your accomplishments and think about what you’ve done well, instead of feeling frustrated or angry with yourself.

Have Perspective

Next time you’re unsatisfied with your grade on an assignment, put it into perspective. It’s one assignment out of the hundreds you’ve completed, and hundreds you’ll complete in the future. It’s not the end of the world; it’s just a tiny portion of your world and your education.

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

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One thought on “Perfectionist? How to Deal.

  1. Margaret, thanks so much for shinrag your post I love your style! While the pursuit of excellence invites us to experiment, fail, learn and improve, the pursuit of perfection raises the cost of failure to unbearable heights. Alex, thinking back to your recent post about students who procrastinate, for me it was always more important to meet the deadline than to submit a perfect paper. I used to get SO annoyed with students who waited until the last minute to get started, then had the nerve to ask for a deadline (especially since they usually got it)! I just wanted it DONE. Elaine, congratulations! I’ve only mentioned things like productivity and profitability, but happiness is much more important!

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