10 thoughts on “When You Can’t Get It “All” Done: Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist

  1. Thank you:-) I have been Type A for a long time… used to work in the Tech Industry and I understood my computer a lot better than my co-workers. But God has been transforming me over the last 10 years towards Type B.

    But I still get caught up in what I am doing, and the ideas start flowing, and I have troubles listening….

  2. I am so delighted to hear of the Lord freeing other “type A” homeschoolers from the enemy’s grip! The Lord’s mercies are new every morning thank goodness…honestly just when I learn to surrender one area, a new one rears its ugly head. I think you are right in encouraging women to take honest looks inside.I pray that we can seek Him first and be obedient to Him first in all things. There is no “perfect”, we are still in need of Him even on those days where we think we have it all together.

  3. I’m struggling to renew my schedule into something realistic — creating white space and trying to fit in time to do what I need for me. So I’m wondering…. how much time do you put into your blog everyday if I may ask?

    1. Hi Carol! Thanks for posting. Right now, I’m on the road and so my blog is really mostly being managed by my assistant. However, I do quite a bit of writing and truly? I don’t have a perfect plan—but I do operate from a set of priorities. I try not to do any work until I know I’ve done what I need to do at home 🙂 so that means I’ve completed bookkeeping,housework, kid’s stuff, etc.. After my home is in order, I turn my attention to my writing or other Internet-related work. I usually work for a few hours each evening after the kids are in bed and have stolen some hours here and there at a local coffee shop whenever I can work it out. Sometimes, just being alone makes all the difference … I can think more clearly when I’m not in “mom” mode. Carve out the time— but don’t lose sight of what really matters! You’ve got this. 🙂

  4. I’ve never thought of myself as type A. Married into a family of that type and teach at a church school whose leadership is that type. But for as long as I can remember I’ve been enslaved to the seeming perfection of type A people and struggled with feeling inadequate when I couldn’t keep up/ measure up to them. It’s good to know that perfectionists aren’t really perfect and the real truth is, they are not the mark I’m aiming for. To be like Jesus is my mark. One I fail at, but am encouraged to know His mercies are new every morning! 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  5. I am also a perfectionist. I think my house should always be clean (yes even with a 2 year old in the house), lawn taken care of, family should be well presented, spend time with the Lord, home cooked healthy meals majority of the time, trying to live a healthy lifestyle, home school my kids, never lose my temper, and the list goes on. And of course, I fall short on my huge list of how I should be the “supermom.” I have come a long ways from accepting my imperfections but still have a long ways to go. I think most moms, perfectionist or not, seem to struggle with this issue. We need to keep reminding ourself and other moms that the perfect mom doesn’t exist. Thanks for the great article! 🙂

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