Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Perfectionism 101

You might be a perfectionist if, while you are doing a 15 min declutter mission you finding a stray piece to a jigsaw puzzle, and you spend the next 3 hours putting together all the puzzles in your kids' rooms trying to find where it goes. When you can't find the home for the puzzle piece you save it so that someday when you are doing the puzzle that it comes from you can complete it perfectly! (source)

This is so me.


I've known for years that I have a tendency toward perfectionism.  A few weeks ago, my husband told me--in a very serious, hushed voice--that I'm not perfect.  I pretended to be shocked and we had a good laugh.

What I didn't realize until recently is that constantly trying to be perfect is a major reason that I feel overwhelmed with everyday things.  I mean, I'm not a perfect wife or mom or homemaker or anything else, let alone a perfect allofthosethings.

I'm working on this, but sometimes it helps to laugh at the absurdity of thinking that I could even approach perfection!

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  1. That is so me, too! I'm such a perfectionist that I hardly ever get anything done (over, finished, complete), and I have a feeling you know what I mean. ;)

  2. I'm a recovering perfectionist but I learned something a couple of years ago - done is better than perfect, and 80% is good enough :)

  3. Good post!!! I have a tendency towards perfectionism too...and it only leads to disappointment!

  4. Great post! I am a recovering perfectionist! Living in the country with animals and small children has gone a long way in leading to my recovery. Now my motto is "perfect is the enemy of good enough". ;-)

  5. So, so true! I put off doing so many things just because I don't think I can do them perfectly (imagine all I could accomplish if I settled for "good enough"). At least you're working on it -- I'm too stubborn (still aiming for perfection and failing miserably!)

  6. Aaah.... the trap of perfectionism lurks at the back of every mothers mind... Great post!!!

  7. I have rebelled against perfection. And I am winning! hahaha

    Growing up my mom was a perfectionist. I remember thinking that I would never be that way with my kids.

    I like Alea's saying "perfect is the enemy of good enough".

  8. I am not perfect by any means, but I totally get sidetracked... LOL, like the start of the post about finding a puzzle piece, I do that... but just for the fact of getting of track in cleaning, nothing else! ha ha

  9. Great post! I can sometimes be like this and try to remind myself that nobody's perfect :)

  10. Why do we women do this to ourselves? I can so relate!


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