Tag Archives: perfectionist

A Less Stressful To-Do List

Since research shows that multitasking is not only inefficient, but stressful, how do we accomplish all the tasks on our to-do list without being overwhelmed? Break down your list by prioritizing each item. Use either A, B and C’s or 1, 2 and 3’s. A’s or 1’s are top priority and get done first. You will get better at deciding what is the top priority as this becomes a daily practice and you may notice those C’s or 3’s are not be so important after all. How do you prioritize your day?

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Avoid the All-or-Nothing Trap in Eating

Many people attempt a new healthy eating plan, only to become discouraged and abandon it when they aren’t “perfect”. Adopting a healthy eating plan is a gradual, lifelong process, so to avoid the all or nothing trap, try the 80-20 technique. Plan to eat healthy, whole foods 80% of the time with 20% leeway for vacations, holidays and socials gatherings. If you can fit in more than 80%, superb! If you are going to a 4th of July BBQ, don’t stress, enjoy!

The Stressed Perfectionist

Being a perfectionist is a recipe for stress. What can you do to gently, gradually be kinder to yourself? Occasionally let go of the “I’m the only one who can do this” feeling; once in a while, be okay with a “good enough” job; give part of a task to someone else to complete and don’t be attached to the outcome. The best thing you can do for yourself is make time to meet your own needs, something perfectionists can have a tough time doing. Learn a relaxation technique like deep breathing or muscle relaxation. How many perfectionists out there take time for themselves?