Procrastination: When Perfection Isn’t Good Enough

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  1. Angel says:

    OH I totally understand the frustration of dealing with this on a daily basis! One of my boys is such a perfectionist that he used me as a ‘second teacher.’ I had to put my foot down at the beginning of the second semester and tell him that enough was enough. Whatever grade he got would be because it was his work and his own proofreading skills- not mine.
    At least for my own boy, I don’t think that it’s because he’s scared to make mistakes. He’s just a Type a personality perfectionist. He can’t stand to come in second place. But he definitely procrastinates on large projects. Those pep talk phrases are ones which I have used time and time again- and they work!!! 
    Thank you so much for an informative article on this topic.

  2. Sierra says:

    This is something that I as a 10th grade, first year cyber school, honors student have. I am curently like 100 lessons behind schedule because I am a perfectionist, I am scared of getting anything lowr than an A or B, I do not undestand some work, and I procrastinate. I would talk to a teacher, but I HATE talking on tbe phone. I get so nervous.

  3. Sierra,
    I saw your other post too about needing help.  This isn’t just about being a cyber school student, this can actually happen to anyone, in any school, at any age!  I think it’s wonderful that you are identifying this as an area that you need help with, and if you work on the problem now, it won’t follow you into college 🙂  Smile!  You just did the hardest part, you asked for help.   You don’t need a phone to ask for help and you don’t have to be afraid of asking for help because you are behind.  Do you realize that asking for help is as simple as what you just did here?  If you don’t get the help you need, from one teacher, send a note to another.  You have a home room teacher, along with several teachers in your cyber school, and a school counselor that is there to help you, and a vice principal and principal and more!  The only thing the school doesn’t have is a mind reader (said with a smile).  They are all there to help you…and they want to, but you need to tell them what the problem is.  Copy what you posted to the blog and send it off to all of them.  Let them know you are struggling with calling them on the phone and ask them what other options they have.  Do you like working in Live Lesson?  Could you do that with a chat option?  YOU CAN DO THIS!!!  They will help you come up with a plan that will get you caught up too. I can say this because I have been there with my own students and they got a plan in place to make it work.  It may take a little work, but it is doable!  Just keep working with your teachers and your Learning Coach.  Hang in there!

  4. Melvina M. Golden says:

    My 7 yr old is like this with his writing… I just keep gently reminding him that noone expects a 1st grader to write perfectly, otherwise he will spend over an hour writind, erasing and rewriting just 4 sentences…

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