If you're struggling with succeeding at work, use these strategies to avoid any business and social work pitfalls you may encounter.
Productivity pitfall: Perfectionism
You've been assigned a team project at work. After attempting to take on a majority of the tasks, you reluctantly let a coworker take responsibility for an important aspect of the project. As a result, you're nervous the project won't be completed on time or well, despite the coworker's professional reputation.
You may feel that perfectionism makes you a better employee, but perfectionism at work can be counterproductive. After all, you can't do everything. And remember, employers value employees who can work well in a team atmosphere.
Signs you might be prone to perfectionism:
- You believe that others can never do the work as well as you can.
- You often repeat tasks over and over until the results are absolutely perfect.
- You prefer to work alone rather than with others.
- You believe there is always a "right" and "wrong" way to do everything.
To avoid perfectionism at work:
- When appropriate, delegate tasks to others.
- Try to stop comparing your work to the work of others.
- Work on acknowledging that there can be many "right" ways to solve a problem—if your coworker has a different solution, give him or her a chance to try it.
- Set deadlines for projects you're working on, and stick to them. Don't keep working on a project to make it "perfect."