Posts tagged Overcoming 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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8 must-follow Instagram accounts for online creatives looking to ditch perfect in their business

Overcoming your perfectionism is not easy. At all.

It’s a coping mechanism you’ve been carrying around for so many years, so it’s no wonder that many of us recovering perfectionists feel a little tired, stressed + confused from time to time.

But there are people who can help you. People who have gone through the same things you’re going through now.

During my many hours scrolling down the Instagram rabbit hole (I know, I know… #procrastinationfail), I’ve found these 8 accounts for online creatives that are tired of being held back by their inner perfectionist.

These 8 relatable and inspiring Instagram accounts share what it’s really like to let go of the hustle of perfectionism and embrace your perfectly imperfect self instead.

Enjoy!

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10 binge-worthy TED talks to help you deal with perfectionism in your creative business

Trying to overcome your perfectionism is a stressful job and it can wear you down at times if you let it.

I love coming up with new ways and different tools to help you let go of perfectionism in your creative business (and in your personal life, too!) + I’m grateful that I can do what I love everyday, but there are days when I feel less inspired.

When that happens, I find it useful to look outside for inspiration. A good, inspiring TED talk never fails to lift my soul and leave me feeling energized and motivated.

During my many voyages down the black hole that is the TED website (I know, I know… #procrastinationfail), I found these 10 TED talks that will - hopefully - inspire you in your journey of overcoming perfectionism + ditching perfect in your creative business as much as it did for me.

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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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