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How to survive law school without losing your mind: Pefectionism & Procrastination
Perfectionism, in psychology, is a personality trait characterized by a person's striving for flawlessness and setting excessively high performance standards, accompanied by overly critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others' evaluations.
It's only natural to want to avoid making mistakes, but imperfection is a part of being human. And while perfectionists are often praised for their abilities, being constantly anxious about details can hold you back and keep you from reaching your full potential.
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Do you have a case of the ''got-a-minutes''? Can you say no to improper requests? Do you know how to recognize a timewaster when you see one? Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro, is ready to help you recognize timewasters and eliminate them from your day. Laura will help you:
• Determine the difference between high standards and picky-picky standards;
• Discover why you are procrastinating and get started; and
• Slow down when necessary, instead of rushing around.
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Publication Date: 2012-11-18
Toxic perfectionism can result in obsessive behavior, damaged self-esteem, depression, and even physical ailments. In The Everything Guide to Coping with Perfectionism, you'll find tips and techniques to help you recognize symptoms of toxic perfectionism and learn how to introduce flexibility and balance into your life.
If I waited for perfection... I would never write a word.
Perfectionism refers to a set of self-defeating thoughts and behaviors aimed at reaching excessively high unrealistic goals. Perfectionism is often mistakenly seen in our society as desirable or even necessary for success. However, recent studies have shown that perfectionistic attitudes actually interfere with success. The desire to be perfect can both rob you of a sense of personal satisfaction and cause you to fail to achieve as much as people who have more realistic strivings.
Commitment to excellence. Acute attention to detail. Impeccably high standards. Such attributes are commonly cited among the qualities that make a first-rate lawyer. They are also routinely equated with perfectionism. It is no surprise, then, that many lawyers embrace their perfectionism as a virtue for which they will be recognized and rewarded if they can just maintain their unblemished veneer. But perfectionism is not synonymous with excellence. In fact, the pursuit of it may ultimately result in more harm than good—personally as well as professionally.
Procrastination technically refers to the avoidance of a specific task or work which needs to be accomplished. But this technical explanation doesn’t begin to capture the emotions triggered by the word. For most of us, the word "procrastination” reminds us of past experiences where we have felt guilty, lazy, inadequate, anxious, or stupid–or some combination of these. It also implies a value judgment; if you procrastinate, you are bad, and as such, you lack worth as a person.