“I still have time”
“I’ll do it later”
Those are two sentences that should be familiar to anyone hiding behind perfectionism. Let’s decipher them. They actually mean: “I don’t feel I’m capable of doing it masterfully, so I’ll just postpone it until the very last minute” and “I don’t want to do it at all. Is ‘never’ a possibility?”
Procrastination leads to a sense of panic and paralysis. It is a cycle all too familiar for perfectionists. During quarantine, we might feel a sense of trying to have everything in order - or as much as we can inside our homes - to regain a sense of control that has been lost due to unforeseen circumstances. It is an understandable reaction.