Thank you for this article. I am a new nurse, and I am struggling so much with perfectionism right now. I've been a perfectionist all my life--I will take Twice as long as another family member does to clean the kitchen because I obsess over every detail being done perfectly. I'm having trouble with my time management at work now, and I think that is a big part of the problem. I have been working in the ICU for about 2 months now, and I started feeling really discouraged this week because even though I had stable patients, I had to stay late each day to finish charting. I feel like I should be past that by this point, and last week, I was. Having to stay late when I have had relatively "easy assignments" makes me feel like a failure. I just want so badly to do my job well, to provide excellent patient care and be able to complete everything in a timely manner like my coworkers do. I want to have the wealth of knowledge and experience that they do, and I am impatient with myself and the learning curve I'm on. :/ Thank you for the reminder not to compare myself with others.