Perfectionists often struggle with time. The Time Management Style: Perfectionist Plus is someone who, on the surface seems to have superpowers! Perfectionist Plus personalities are typically extremely detail-oriented and live by very high, self-imposed standards. Perfectionist Plus types are autonomous and believe: “If I want something done right, I’ll do it myself.”
Understanding your unique Time Management Styles can lead to higher self-awareness and dramatically shift your ability to create sustainable time management systems. Knowing your dominant personality types will help you create time management systems to support your natural habits to increase productivity and flow for work and life!
Do you have a perfectionist plus time management personality style?
Perfectionists often struggle with time. The Time Management Style: Perfectionist Plus is someone who, on the surface seems to have superpowers! Perfectionist Plus personalities are typically extremely detail-oriented and live by very high, self-imposed standards. Perfectionist Plus style types are autonomous and believe: “If I want something done right, I’ll do it myself.” We all have natural time management behaviors that we demonstrate daily in the form of rituals and habits. But when it comes to time management styles, we must work from the inside-out which is why learning more about your style preferences is the best place to start!
Not only can learning more about your time management style personality lead to higher self-awareness, it has the potential to dramatically shift your ability to create sustainable time (and life) management systems. Knowing your dominant time management personality type will help you create time management systems to support your natural habits that will automatically increase productivity at work and home!
Sometimes you work well with your time management styles, and you know this because things unfold easily and seem to naturally evolve. But as tension increases and time runs short, when we do not understand how to navigate within our natural time management preferences, the things we do naturally can get in our own way and impede our best intentions. Understanding the time management techniques that really work for us (every time) as well as our blind spots that negatively impact our overall use of time can negatively impact the overall quality of our life.
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Workers who have this the Perfectionist Plus dominance are typically detail-oriented and live by very high, self-imposed standards. They are autonomous and believe their own self-imposed thought: “If I want something done right, I’ll do it myself.”
The Perfectionist Plus time management style personality rarely says no to a task. She is often willing to spend enormous amounts of time on details. Her never ending goal is to ‘get things right.’
If these traits are familiar to you, you may have a dominant Perfectionist Plus™ time management style preference.
Although perfectionist plus traits seem helpful, hidden beneath the surface for many Perfectionist Plus types lurks overwhelm and frustration. This time management style personality experiences these feelings when faced with a missed deadlines and all too often may miss their big picture goals due to a too narrow focus on getting all the details just right. Regarding all responsibilities and standards as equally important impedes her ability to prioritize and complete tasks on time. Worrying about making mistakes makes things more difficult. A Perfectionist Plus type can get stuck in this fear (which at times may turn a bit obsessive).
Interpersonal problems can arise between a Perfectionist Plus Style Personality and others if she feels pressured to complete tasks quickly – before she has spent the right amount of time to avoid errors. The dark side of this style preference shows up when she focuses more on avoiding conflicts as a result of her perfectionistic nature, inaccurately estimates the time to complete tasks, and is unwilling to admit the status of works in progress to others. Disappointment, mistrust, and frustration can overshadow the progress, work and results when caught in these shadow behaviors.
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7 Flow Steps Help Perfectionist Plus Style Personalities Manage Time Effectively
For a Perfectionist Plus personality to enhance and use her style to her advantage, she must say NO to tasks for which she has no interest or feels ambivalent. She needs to be truthful and accurate in time estimating (some good, old fashioned time tracking may be in order to better estimate how long things take), and learn to prioritize tasks based on their payoffs to create a more enjoyable workflow and better results.
Flow is defined as the “natural, effortless unfolding of life in a way that moves us toward wholeness and harmony” (from The Power of Flow, Belitz and Lundstrom). The gateway to flow begins with awareness, being present in the moment, and learning to manage your inner experience.
Flow Steps™ offer simple choices to help resolve tension and restore freedom over time and space.
The Time Management Flow Steps to help a Perfectionist Plus style type enhance workflow:
- Evaluate your own assumptions and review task requirements to ensure your specific roles and responsibilities
- Seek assistance and ask for feedback from your boss when you plan.
- Work hard to determine task priorities and upper-level expectations to avoid spending long hours on tasks that don’t matter. Focus on others’ bottom line expectations so time is spent on what really matters and less time on details that may go unnoticed.
- Let go of attaining a perfect outcome every time.
- Time yourself when completing redundant and ordinary daily tasks. This will help you better estimate how long things will take.
- Double your typical estimated time when working for others. Better to under-promise and over-deliver, than over-promise and miss deadlines.
- Learn to delegate!Delegating effectively requires the support of others who understand and honor this style and on whom you can rely to finish well.
These are just a few ways to use your Perfectionist Plus time management style preference to create a more pleasing workflow experience.
Once you identify your time management style preference you can begin to take steps to integrate more Flow Steps into your experience. Which Time Management Style Personality are you? Whether you’re a Hopper™, Hyper Focus™, Big Picture™, Perfectionist Plus™, Impulsive™, or a Cliff Hanger™ the Time & Space Style Inventory™ (TSSI™) helps you hone in on your time management style preferences and offers remedies and suggestions to help you manage priorities, attend to details, and take action. Learning more about your dominant time management style preferences, can help you make the most of your time, improve your track record, and assist you to take actions that increase natural time flow in your life. Consistently taking the Flow Steps that are congruent with your styles of dominance will help you successfully manage your decisions about time.
EMBRACE your natural time management style!
Make time work for you! Take the Time & Space Style Inventory™ and identify your time management and space organizing personality styles http://bit.ly/tssifree. Cena Block (sanespaces.com) specializes in helping moms design work on their own terms and build smart supportive systems that create time for living. A business coach and creator of the TSSI, Cena has collaborated with author Sunny Schlenger (suncoach.com) to develop the first online assessment for time management and organizing personality styles. The Time & Space Style Inventory™ is a tool that not only identifies natural behavioral styles but also enables you to use that information to create a personalized roadmap to manage your time and space. Find Sunny’s book: Flow Formula: A Guidebook to Wholeness and Harmony on Amazon.com.