Perfectionists and how to deal with them. | Top 10 pros and cons of doing the tasks perfectly.
What is perfection? Who is a perfectionist? What do they do? Is being a perfectionist a good thing or you have to undergo a medical procedure to change your personality. These are the type of questions that we will answer in this article so bear with me so that I can demonstrate you 10 pros and cons of a perfectionist. It’s always hard when you want to rank the top 10 qualities of something. The problem mainly arises from an undeclared context. To prevent that here, I would like to talk about perfection and those who are perfect at it, in the context of the workplace environment. So here are the 10 qualities of a perfectionist from my perspective.
They work on a schedule.
Usually, perfectionists are creatures that work on a schedule and are highly organized. They work over a schedule to achieve their goals. They are consistent in pursuing their objectives. They always put their work first and never give up until the last problem disappears.
You don’t need to do the job twice.
If you have assigned a task to a perfectionist, never worry again about it. They do their possible best job to get it done in the most perfect way possible. In fact, many tasks done by your colleagues at work need to be revisioned and some times you need to do them again or assign somebody else because they miss the required quality and/or they fail to meet the current required features. However, if you assign a task to a perfectionist, not only they personally check the qualities against the required criteria but also go beyond that.
Their results are astonishing.
You don’t need to double-check a perfectionist’s job because they have done that twice already. They tend to check their outcome step by step so that they never miss quality criteria. They always work toward a clear goal in front of them. They can imagine the perfect product or job in their mind and it is clearly pictured so that they can implement it exactly.
They usually accept high standards only.
whether it’s a minor change in the appearance of a product they produce or a custom feature, Everything must have the perfect quality from the perfectionist point of view. They maintain tests and produce a list of problems and pursue each and every of those until the list is empty. They don’t accept a minor problem and from their point of view, each product’s shortcomings will result in the whole system’s failure. Think about it as an orchestra which is perfectly maintained and you hear a piece of perfect music but there is only one player that does not follow the tune. That one player will cause the failure of the whole orchestra. The perfectionist personality leads to finding that single problem to make it completely delightful and enjoyable.
Details, details, and details!
If you ask a perfectionist what bothers them the most they would say that nothing is worse than not paying attention to details. Usually, people don’t pay attention to details and it is overwhelming for a perfectionist. For instance, take the symmetrical order as an example. It is much better for the objects to be in asymmetry making them look more smooth and comfortable.
They are awkward. wait, what?
Perfectionists are usually awkward in a group of people and can’t communicate with people efficiently. The reason behind that is they put a lot of effort into what they do and tasks are more important to them rather than relations. Also, a thing that might not be serious in everybody’s eye is taken seriously by perfectionists so they may seem socially awkward as a result.
Give them a job and they organize it in the best possible way.
Because perfectionists are so determined to give the best possible outcome, they tend to organize tasks very soon. They make a schedule and cut project into pieces and they work over that schedule to make sure every part of the project gets done perfectly. They also can organize teams in the best possible way.
Changes? Oh, god, not again!
Perfectionists do not welcome changes. They tend to get the tasks done perfectly. So they put a lot of effort and work toward scheduling that task. Also, they cut the tasks into pieces and a change in the way a task should be done is not always welcome.
Consuming more time than usual.
Because they do the tasks very carefully, they tend to over-qualify. They consume more time and put more energy and resources into a project than expected budget. It’s always important to get the projects done before the deadline. So it’s better to talk to them and make the quality criteria clear. It’s always better to go over their jobs to check if are they following the guidelines or overdoing their assigned jobs.
They are quantitative folks.
They measure everything. You can always see them around with a ruler in their hand all the time. They like numbers and want everything to be exactly as planned and never miss a measurement. As a result of that, they don’t function as good in qualitative tasks. So be careful to always give them the right job.
To summarize that, perfectionists might seem a little hard to deal with but overall they often surprise you with the quality of the task assigned to them. Here is a video I made to demonstrate one of the greatest perfectionists of all time, Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple INC.
In 1984, Apple introduced Macintosh to the public. In the movie, Steve Jobs, you can see a scene that Steve insists on part of the demo and thinks without that 30 seconds, the whole 2-hours-long demo means nothing. It’s because of his perfectionist personality that he can not remove that part of the demo. Let’s watch it together.
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