For a few reasons, I’ve been feeling quite anxious & unmotivated lately. And that has had consequences in my blogging “game”. My schedule has been all over the place, my inspiration is lacking and last wednesday I had to stop myself from publishing a post just for the sake of having something up.
The thing is, I want to be proud of every content I share with you. I want to take time writing it and feel like it is worth reading. But at the same time, and even though I blog as a hobby, I feel like I need to have a schedule. Here’s my beloved perfectionist side, everyone. And if this passion for excellence can be a good thing, it can also lead to procrastination.
So here’s the both sides of being a perfectionist:
The Good Side
Being a perfectionist doesn’t mean you want everything to be perfect. It means you’re keen to details and constantly want to give your best at everything you do. My high standards make me think that I can always improve something, that maybe it’s still not good enough to hit the publish button just yet. It’s about the enough.
The Not So Good Side
Striving for perfectionism can often lead to the feeling of unworthiness, shame of sharing your work because it’s part of you and you think it’s still not finished and, eventually, procrastination.
When it’s hard to find the motivation, the right words to say or the best angle to photograph; when I just can’t get the post right how I want it, I procrastinate. And while I wait to write that “perfect” post or even for that “perfect” moment in life to do something, I might let some opportunities pass.
Finding the Balance
It’s okay to strive for excellence, to pay attention to details and try to give your best at everything you do because that means you’re constantly trying to improve your work.
But don’t forget about the big picture. Specially in the blogging world is easy to compare yourself to others and feel like you’re not good enough. There’s so many blogs out there, so how can you find your own voice and stand out? But it’s important to not forget that blogging should be something fun, something you do because it makes you happy and not something that causes you stress.
When you feel most inspired, create and don’t be too harsh on yourself. Sometimes we can be our worst critics.
Are you a perfectionist?