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Get Organized Now! NEWSLETTER
By Maria Gracia
October 7, 2017

  Today's Feature

When Perfectionism Makes Sense...
and When It's Detrimental

Do you ever have bad hair days? I do. And, today is one of those days. I often ask myself, 'Why do I spend so much time trying to get my hair just right?' When I think about it, I guess it doesn't matter what I am up to, whether it is running errands, cooking dinner or working from my home office, it simply makes me happy to know that my hair looks and feels a certain way. Good hair days are just one of the small joys in life. Of course, sometimes there's nothing I can do about a bad hair day but tie my hair back and move on with my life.

For you, perfection may not have anything to do with a picture-perfect ponytail or flawlessly flattened hair. Maybe you struggle with always wanting your Rubbermaid containers always stacked neatly, your kids' doctor's records filed in the right folder, or junk mail in the recycle bin instead of cluttering the desk in your home office. Whatever it looks like, perfectionism can be a great motivator that leads to contentment and a feeling of accomplishment. It can always cause problems.

Here are my top 3 reasons why being a perfectionist make sense

1. You love the end result. You are a determined worker and probably get tasks accomplished on a level that other people don't normally achieve. Your process of handling each detail meticulously shows in the final result.

2. You love the process of completing a task creatively. In order to meet your personal goals or complete tasks your boss gives you, perfectionism makes sense when you use your drive to work through problems and find creative alternatives to complete a task.

3. You are a hard worker, have high standards, and strive for success. But, everyone is bound to make mistakes. Perfectionism is great if you use it to notice mistakes, correct them, and remember to avoid making the same mistake next time.

On the flip side of those positive characteristics to being a perfectionist, chronic perfectionism can also have its disadvantages.

Here are my top 3 reasons why being a perfectionist is detrimental

You're never happy with yourself or the end result. Perfectionism is detrimental when you are more focused on your wrong-doings than successfully completing a project. In turn, you can become genuinely unhappy with your abilities, leave little room to enjoy tasks you're working on, become overwhelmed by the fear of making more mistakes, and never be satisfied with the completion of a task.

You feel that you shouldn't start something if you can't complete it that day. So, rather than working on tasks and projects in pieces, you delay beginning...which means you end up with a ton of incompleted TO DOs.

You feel you have to do everything yourself. If you feel that nobody out there can match your standards, you may tend to take the whole world on your shoulders, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and perhaps, even bitter towards others.

In summary, if you consider yourself a perfectionist, and you channel your need for perfection in the right direction, that trait can actually work for you. That being said, always be aware of the pitfalls, and regularly do a quick check on yourself to recognize those disadvantages when they're happening.

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  New on our Web Site!

Featured Article: 7 tips to get you where you're going...on time!

Ask Maria: A reader asked, 'I want to eat a nutritious breakfast.but I don't have the time! Please help!' Here's how I responded...

Dirty Little Secret 1: This one tool in my kitchen helps me complete my food prep in a flash. Find out what it is...

Dirty Little Secret 2: I have a secret for cleaning artificial plant leaves and lampshades. Check it out

Dirty Little Secret 3: If I want to do something on my computer later and I don't want to forget to do it, here's a little trick I use to remind myself...

Cleaning Secrets: 10 cleaning secrets to help you get the job done fast

Mini Challenges: I will often add tasks to my list that aren't done every week, but have to be done now and then. Tackle these mini challenges this week.

In ADDITION, on our home page, you'll also find lots of NEW and featured STUFF including...

Social Media Spotlight: Time Management: Master your time.master your life

October Checklist: Witching you an organized, boo-tiful October. Start today with our NEW October 2017 Organizing Checklist...

Web Poll: Do you believe in ghosts? Let us know

Regret: When it comes to regret, here are the top 5 areas where people feel the most. Also, learn what percentage of people have a major regret about something in their lives...the number is astonishing.

Theme of the Week: Being too busy. Enjoy our home page quotes, that reflect our theme, for added inspiration and motivation this week

  TO DO This Week

Week Beginning October 7th

1. Celebrate the season with something 'pumpkin spice.' Did you know that many treats associated with this flavor craze don't even contain any pumpkin at all? Ingredients like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and vanilla, tend to mimic the flavoring you'd taste in pumpkin pie. Regardless, a pumpkin spice latte. a bagel smeared with pumpkin spice cream cheese, or even pumpkin spice gum can help make fall a bit more fun and flavorful.

2. Cut back perennials. While I leave some perennials alone until spring (those that actually look nice over the winter months), I cut back many of my perennials this time of the year. Plus, doing so means I won't be overloaded with plants that need to be cut when spring arrives.

3. Find one kitchen gadget you never use. Pass it on to someone who can use it. If you know of nobody, send it on to your favorite charity...or pitch it. It's just taking up unnecessary real estate in your drawer.

4. Clean your car's interior windows. While the outside windows of our vehicles are often cleaned at the car wash, the interior windows are often neglected. If you have kids, grandkids, or pets who ride along in your car, chances are you have fingerprints and smudges on them. Get them clean this week.

5. Consider your Christmas card photo. If you send out Christmas/holiday greeting cards that include photos, choose a photo to use for that purpose this week. If you don't have a photo yet, set up a photo shoot to get it done.

  In Closing

'Too many people spend too much time trying to perfect something before they actually do it. Instead of waiting for perfection, run with what you've got, and fix it along the way.'
---Paul Arden

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And remember...Being organized creates a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life!


Maria Gracia
Get Organized Now!

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