Young Professionals experience a lot of stress. This is partly due to their perfectionism, which i.a. developed because of all the prominent competition nowadays (you can learn more about different sources of stress in our blog ‘Young Professionals and Stress’). Good isn’t good enough. Work has to be done perfectly to stay in the game. At least that is what they say.

If you think you are an employee with perfectionist tendencies, the following tips might help you.

  1. The first thing to do is to realize perfectionism is not only positive. This is the case when it is at the expense of your own wellbeing. Think about complaints such as stress, exhaustion and reduced self-esteem. Even physical complaints can be present.
  2. Dare to make mistakes. It is not realistic to think that every task you have to do can be done perfectly right from the start. By making mistakes you can even get a more clear vision of the specific things you have to pay attention to, to finish a task in the future. To think like this will also lessen the tendency to postpone tasks because of a fear of negative evaluation.
  3. Ask for feedback while performing tasks. This immediately prevents you from doing more than is actually asked from you.
  4. Tell your supervisor you are a perfectionist. This way here or she can do a better job as regards to guiding you and help you put things into perspective.
  5. Decide beforehand which tasks are necessary to complete that day. But be aware of the pitfall that everything seems necessary, so no unnecessary time pressure will emerge.
  6. Prioritize other tasks and spent attention to these after necessary task have been completed. However, stop after work time. Tomorrow is another day.
  7. Make sure you make time to relax after working hours. Consider, for example, social activities. This way it is less likely that you are still fretting about work tasks after a working day. Give yourself true permission to recharge yourself.
  8. Look back on your achievements once in a while. A perfectionist finds it hard to be content, even when he or she performed very well. Please also take a moment to be proud of yourself!
  9. Don’t compare yourself with your colleagues. Everyone has their own strengths (and weaknesses). The only one with whom you should compare yourself, is yourself. This way you can determine what positive development you have gone through, so you can better accept the ‘not completely perfectly executed tasks’. Also, if a goal is only partially achieved, it can be a result to be proud of.
  10. If you are not successful in reducing the adverse effects of perfectionism by yourself, you can always seek help from a psychologist (for example). Or of course … us!

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