Another Lie Procrastinators Believe

So you missed your deadline?

At this point, you will probably continue to procrastinate. After all, now that the project is late, it has to REALLY blow away the client, right?


This is the lie you currently believe. (The first was that you could make this project meet your perfectionist non-standards). Upon discovering that first mistake, you now think that the only way to remediate it is to double down on perfectionism.

Please think again.

You are now already at the stage of hating the project. It’s a reproach to you – a reminder that you could neither meet your perfectionist non-standards nor complete a project on time for someone who was counting for you.

What makes you think you will be able to create something even more perfect now?

You will not be able to produce good work – or any work at all – with this line of thinking. Stop worrying about the client’s expectations or their judgment of your procrastination. Take yourself out of it. Don’t fear the shame of being late. That’s already past.

Fear the shame of never finishing. Because that’s what will happen if you try to use MORE perfectionism to cover up your perfectionist procrastination.

End the cycle. Do your best, but put clear constraints on what that “best” is. Do work that is half as good as your perfectionist non-standards will allow you to even contemplate, and you’ll still produce something which will please your client. What’s more, you’ll produce something.

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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