When I’m working on something and really trying to concentrate on it, I don’t really find it helpful to have someone around me. Literally the littlest distraction can make me completely lose my train of thought and make me so agitated it’s unreal.
One of the best things you can do for someone when they’re working really hard to get something completed is just to simply leave them alone to get on with it. I know this isn’t always an ideal option or sometimes isn’t possible and you’re unable to leave the room for various different reasons, in which case it’s best just to not talk to them unless they talk to you until it looks as if they have successfully managed what it is they were attempting in the first place.
On the other hand though that doesn’t mean you have to completely evacuate the room every time your perfectionist other wants to do something, do tasks together, help each other out and enjoy each others company, just try and know when it’s time to step back and let them do their thing.
When someone is spending a lot of time on something and putting a lot of effort into it, to me that makes it clear that it’s something that they enjoy and something that they want to be proud of. I could think of so many things in my life which this applies to, whether it be college work, blog work or my actual job, I try my best to do the best I can in these areas because they’re things which I enjoy and want to be able to look back on and be able to say “I did a really good job.” It makes it so much harder for someone to be able to do their best in something if they don’t have the support of the people around them, and the encouragement to keep going. Missing these things can really hinder someones hope and enthusiasm for whatever it is they’re doing.
Yes I’ve seen every mistake I’ve made, Yes I know I’ve spent the last half an hour repeatedly typing out the same paragraph. Everyone knows what it is they’re doing, and having someone who’s sitting there pointing everything out does not make the task any easier… Helpful advice and pure criticizing are two different things and if you know someone is already fussy enough about the tasks they complete, don’t point out negatives unless you’re actually trying to help. I know I personally can get so irritable after spending a long time working on something, and if you’re perfectionist other is anything like me this may also be the case, and unnecessary criticism could potentially lead to an all guns blazing argument. Be nice and kind about the way you give advice, being positive is the way forward.
Are you a perfectionist like me? Is there anything you need to do / happen to help you get things done?
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