Perfectionists Are Most Likely To Suffer From Procrastination

Life coach Ralitza Peeva from COMO Shambhala By My Side tells us why, and how to deal with it.

Perfectionists Are Most Likely To Suffer From Procrastination
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As a life coach, Ralitza Peeva doesn’t solve her clients’ problems. What she does instead is to have a conversation with them and enable them to find their own solutions.

Peeva is among the panel of wellness specialists at COMO Shambhala By My Side, the digital wellness initiative by the leading homegrown holistic health specialist. Available through a monthly subscription, it features a variety of classes for different purposes, including meditation, pilates and yoga. These video tutorials are available via smartphone or laptop.  

COMO Shambhala By My Side also makes it easy for subscribers to access one-on-one consultations with experts like Peeva; the panel also includes a nutritionist, naturopath and physiotherapist. Per-session fees apply.  

We speak to Peeva about dealing with changes from the Covid-19 pandemic and overcoming procrastination.

Change is what everyone everywhere is dealing with, especially as cities try to ease themselves in and out of lockdown. Any advice?

Changes in life are normal. One shouldn’t stay frozen in time. It’s a natural progression in life to develop and evolve. Flexibility, adaptability and resilience are the key qualities you need to rely on at every stage of life.

To overcome procrastination, tackle what’s available easily, then develop on your ideas as they evolve, says Ralitza Peeva.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made WFH mandatory for many people. While some welcome the slower pace of life, others grapple with procrastination.    

Procrastination is often related to perfectionism, which I often liken to a disease in our modern world. Perfectionists often suffer from procrastination because they wait for everything to be perfect before they get going. Lazy people, on the other contrary, embrace their laziness and are not bothered by procrastination.

How can we overcome procrastination?

Aim to take the first step with the low-hanging fruit, that is, what’s available easily. You can develop on your ideas as they evolve. The fear comes from starting. Once you start, opportunities will open. 

For some, the root of procrastination lies in the stress brought on by multitasking.

Before you start the day, do two things – decide your priorities, and delegate as much as you can. Here’s one way to do so: On a piece of paper, draw up three columns, one each for Today, This Week, and Wait. Learning to sort your activities according to urgency helps you prioritise and delegate. This allows you to save energy and enjoy more balance in your life.  

Do you agree that the key to mental health is resilience?

Resilience is a positive quality we develop when we emerge from adversity in life. It’s important because it helps us to stand up again after and despite being floored by difficult circumstances. Life is like a boxing ring; you have to get up, dust off the dirt, and start punching again.