High standards can motivate us to produce excellent work. Paradoxically, sometimes the drive to do well can actually impair performance. Indeed, the need to do everything well can stop us from completing anything, or we spend so much time trying to get things exactly right that there is no time for anything else. Moreover, when the standards we set are either too high or only achievable at a great cost, it makes it very difficult to feel good about yourself. In this workshop, you will learn strategies for achieving both excellence and wellbeing!

Content of the workshop

In this workshop you will first explore perfectionism to learn how it works for and against us. You will then learn strategies for sustainable excellence including how to accept imperfection, skillfully manage your time and effort and engage in activities that give you vitality and meaning.

By the end of the workshop you will have:

  • Learned to set appropriate goals and standards for yourself
  • Learned practical strategies for reducing perfectionistic behaviours
  • Re-evaluated the importance of achieving

Benefits for students:

  • Increased awareness of the negative consequences of high standards
  • Increased confidence in your ability to deliver your best work
  • Set the foundation for future effectiveness at university and in the workplace


Wednesday 22 March, 1 - 2pm at CAPS reception (Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building)