I am a perfectionist, mostly recovered, but still one. The biggest reason I know I’m still a perfectionist? I’m also a procrastinator. Perfectionists are notorious procrastinators.
I have two favorite quotes related to this. Thanks to Tammy I will be adding a third.
The first is simply the well-known saying promoted by Elisabeth Elliot: Do the next thing.
I’ve said this so many times to myself when I feel tired, overwhelmed, or paralyzed by indecision. I’ve learned that just doing the next thing generally gets me “unstuck” and moving again.
The second favorite is this: Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
How often do I spend more energy dreading something or avoiding something than the energy it would take just to get it done?
And Tammy posted this gem recently which I will definitely have to add to my quote collection:
No unwelcome tasks become any the less unwelcome by putting them off till tomorrow. It is only when they are behind us and done, that we begin to find that there is a sweetness to be tasted afterwards, and that the remembrance of unwelcome duties unhesitatingly done is welcome and pleasant. Accomplished, they are full of blessing, and there is a smile on their faces as they leave us. Undone, they stand threatening and disturbing our tranquility, and hindering our communion with God. If there be lying before you any bit of work from which you shrink, go straight up to it, and do it at once. The only way to get rid of it is to do it.
–Alexander MacLaren (1826-1910) Scottish Preacher