Posts in Perfectionism
How to stop procrastination, build a productive daily routine + free up time in your creative business

I’m going out on a limb here.

You feel that 2019 is the year that you’ll finally get started on that creative project you’ve been dreaming about for so long. But putting the finishing touches on your big idea is difficult for you, because you feel like it could be just a little bit more perfect.

If this is ‘check, check, check’ for you, then you know what it’s like to be stuck in procrastination station. You’re not alone. I’ve been there.

Procrastination is the curse of the (online) creative. You create something with your heart and soul and then you have to put your creations out there for the world to see, judge + criticize. That stuff is scary. No wonder you procrastinate.

As a recovering perfectionist, one of the problems I ran into most is procrastination.

The perfectionist’s way of thinking is:

“Why start a project when I know I won’t be able to do it perfectly? Maybe I should wait a few months to get better at it first.”

“Nooooo, this project isn’t done yet and I can’t move on to the next thing, because there are so many details that aren’t perfect yet!”

I’m sure you recognize this.

[P.S. Are you tired of struggling with your need for constant perfection? Need a little help with overcoming your perfectionism, so that you can start making those big ideas you have for your creative business a reality? Then make sure to download my popular (not to mention FREE!) ‘4 steps to ditch perfect’ workbook, right here.]

The thing is, though, you don’t have to remain stuck in procrastination station.

That’s why I’m sharing these sure-fire tips that will help you stop procrastination, build a productive daily routine + free up time in your creative business.

A little disclaimer upfront, this isn’t going to be one of those blog posts that you skim through and move on without implementing any real changes.

No, you’ve got work to do, my friend. I’m going to leave you with a lot of homework. So, grab a journal or notebook to take notes, write down questions + reflect on your answers.

What we’ll go through in this in-depth guide:

  • Why mental blocks keep you in a state of being frazzled and frustrated instead of achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself

  • How you can turn procrastination into purposeful productivity

  • How to tap into your purpose to create a daily routine that gets you organized

  • The steps you need to take to build a daily routine and master a purposefully productive work and life, so that you can put an end to all that exhaustion and overwhelm

  • Plus, actionable tips on how to put your daily routine into practice, so that you no longer have to spend nights and weekends glued to your computer, jumping from task to task, watching as everyone else makes it look effortless


Sounds right up your alley? Great! Let’s get started.

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4 life-changing ways to create a better business mindset: for online creatives struggling with comparison, procrastination + people pleasing

Thinking about making big things happen in your creative business in 2019, like launching a podcast, creating a new service package, fleshing out that big idea you’ve been dreaming about for so long?

Do you struggle with overwhelm, comparison + other perfectionism-related mindset issues along the way?

Stick around, my friend, because I’m giving you 4 ways to grow your mindset in order to grow your creative business.

When I started Ditch Perfect, I created it for those online creatives who’ve been dreaming about launching their big ideas into the world but are held back by their perfectionism. Our inner perfectionist pressing pause in our big plans because *it* isn’t perfect yet or because “*she* is so much better at it than me”, we’ve all been there…

That’s why it’s so important to focus on the mindset side of running your creative business too.

While growing your knowledge + learning new skills about the tactical side of running a business - from setting up a mailing list to coding a website - is important, it’s mostly for nothing if you don’t know how to manage your perfectionism, your mindset + the emotional ups and downs of being an online creative.

In this mega blog post + in-depth guide I share more about perfectionism: what it is, how it affects your work and life + 4 short-term and 4 long-term strategies for overcoming perfectionism. It’s a great starting point for letting go of your perfectionism, so I recommend giving that post a read too.

But perfectionism doesn’t always show up as, well as… perfectionism. As this overwhelming need to perfect everything you do.

Sometimes, perfectionism shows up in a different way:

  • A bout of crippling comparisonitis

  • Being stranded in procrastination station

  • A need to please #allthepeople

  • A constant need for approval


In this blog post, we’re going to tackle the question of how to deal with these 4 perfectionism-related mindset issues, so that you can uplevel your mindset and grow your creative business.

Let’s get started.

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The ugly truth behind perfection on Instagram: 4 tips for keeping it real on social media

Have you ever felt the pressure to be perfect on Instagram?

The pressure to…

… create a perfectly curated feed full of picture-perfect images?

… write perfectly interesting and inspiring captions over and over again?

… have the perfect bio, the perfect hashtags, the perfect amount of engaged followers?

Everyone’s telling you to try this, hashtag that, use these apps, beat the algorithm + frankly your lighting is ALL wrong.

Meanwhile, you’re ready to pull a Britney Spears and drastically shave Instagram off your to-do list. If you know what I mean ;)

I’ve been writing about the pressure of perfect and the problem of perfectionism for a while now and the question I get asked the MOST is how to deal with the pressure of perfection on social media in general and Instagram in particular.

And it get it.

There’s just something about looking at highlights and stories and pretty pictures to brighten up your day.

But… I’m guessing you’re also familiar with feelings of comparisonitis, FOMO, and insecurity as a result of looking at all of those pretty pictures.

That’s why we need to have an honest conversation around this topic and reframe the way you feel about using Instagram. Let’s get to it.

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What to look for in a perfectionism coach + 3 red flags to avoid

How do I know if I’ve found a great, trust-worthy coach? What do I need to look out for? And what do I need to avoid when choosing a coach?

These are important questions to ask yourself, when you’re considering working with a coach.

Online coaching hasn’t been around for long. Perfectionism coaching is a new field altogether.

So I definitely understand that it can be hard to figure out exactly what you need to look for and the red flags to avoid when choosing a coach.

A little while ago, I was looking to buy a new couch. (And feeling like a real adult!)

After some research I learned that a good quality couch has a solid wood frame and reinforced corners. As a couch-buying newbie I was clueless. I seriously appreciated the manufacturer explaining what to look for and then linking me straight to some couches that fit those criteria. They informed me and made me an educated buyer, so much so that I was confident with my purchase.

This blog post is about to do the same for you. Not on the topic of couches of course, but when it comes to looking for + finding a great coach to work with.

Let’s dig in.

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4 ways perfectionism is slowing your creative business down

There are a few times a year when the unthinkable happens to us online creatives: inquiries start drying up + sales and client work slows down.

*gasp*

This happens at least once a year for most creative business owners and it’s usually during the summer months.

But what about all the times you hold YOURSELF back in business? What about all those moments your perfectionism is slowing you down?

You might not realize it, but these moments - however big or small they may be - happen everyday in your creative business.

Even though I’m heading into my fourth year of business, I’m still surprised by the number of mindset blocks, limiting beliefs + subconscious, emotional saboteurs that slow my progress.

Let’s examine them, shall we?

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