I don’t know about you but my perfectionism shows up at the most inconvenient times or when I’m doing the smallest, most random tasks. A few minutes ago, I triple spell-checked the most basic email before sending it and then afterwards I went to my Sent folder to quadruple check if my spelling and tone really was okay.
What if there’s a way to stop yourself from going down the spell-checking rabbit hole? Because, as a perfectionist, you need all the help you can get in dealing with your perfectionism, right?!
Let’s be honest, apps are cool and can be extremely helpful. I know it’s a pain to scroll through a long list of every available app out there, so I’ve rounded up the 5 most effective apps for dealing with perfectionism.
Ready? Let’s get crack-a-lackin’.
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You might not realize it, but the anxious, stressed-out feeling of perfectionism affects you physically. It causes shallow breathing, a pit in your stomach, a lump in your throat, and/or tightness in your shoulders, neck, and jaw.
As soon as you recognize these physical symptoms, it’s important to make a conscious effort to loosen up. I’ve found the app Calm to be super useful to help me breathe and relax.
Calm offers a visual exercise to help you breathe deeply. It also has several meditation exercises and a program to help you sleep better.
For me personally, the breathing exercise is extremely helpful. After only a few deep breaths I find myself easing up, both mentally and physically.
Think about this for a second: being stuck in perfectionism means you think that what you do or who you are isn’t enough. The fastest way to snap out of that mindset of not enough is to focus on enough. And that’s the definition of gratitude.
The moment you feel your perfectionism creeping up on you, write a list of three things you’re grateful for in that moment. Don’t overthink it. It’s okay if your gratitude list is made up of basic and simple things or talents you usually take for granted.
The Gratitude Journal app is a great option, but if you search for ‘gratitude journal’ in Google Play or in the App Store you can find at least ten different (free) apps, like Happy Tapper, Gratitude Diary, or Day One.
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Noisli is my favorite app to drown out the voice of my inner perfectionist. I don’t know about you but I struggle most with my inner perfectionist when I try to work in a completely quiet environment. A little bit of background ‘noise’ always helps.
With Noisli you can adjust the settings to play any background sound that you want, like the hustle and bustle of a coffee shop or rainy day weather or the chirping of birds. You can mix and match the sounds to create the perfect work environment to keep the voice of your inner perfectionist at bay.
Focus At Will
The voice of your inner perfectionist tries to convince you that it’s helping you, but in reality it’s a huge distraction. Focus At Will is an app that streams music to boost your concentration. You can choose a station and then let the music get you into a state of flow.
Unfortunately, Focus At Will is a paid app, but there’s a two week free trial.
One of the biggest ways perfectionism stands in the way of my success is through overwhelm and procrastination. What was once a project I was excited about, quickly turns into procrastination because my perfectionism focuses on every risk, obstacle, and teeny-tiny detail associated with that project. Instead of taking the first step, any step that requires action, perfectionism has me stuck in inaction.
When you’re staring at a giant, overwhelming pile of to-do’s and you have no idea where to start, take a step back and create a plan for that project. I use Trello to plan out my projects and tasks. Seeing everything there’s to do written out and planned out with deadlines to match, makes me realize that all of the obstacles I had imagined are just figments of my perfectionist imagination.
Trello is my favorite app to help me combat overwhelm and prevent procrastination, but there are similar apps out there, like Evernote, Google Calendar, and Asana.
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Hi there! I’m Wendy, perfectionism coach and host of the #perfectionistproblems community for recovering perfectionists. I’m insanely passionate about helping you overcome your perfectionism, so that you can stop caring so much about what other people think and finally take on those dream projects that you've been putting off for so long.