What happens when you micromanage yourself?

What happens when you micromanage yourself?

by Vanessa Ng 25 Jan 2020

People who identify as perfectionists tend to share a few specific character traits. One of them happens to be the tendency to micromanage themselves. While we may believe that being exacting in our demands is the only way to achieve success, the truth is that limiting your flexibility and enforcing unnecessary checks will only make things less efficient. Over time, anxiety levels can rise and confidence may be adversely affected. Here are some things that can happen when you micromanage yourself.


Lower levels of productivity 

When you constantly stop to second-guess your judgement and ability, your faith in yourself will drop. This downward spiral can lead to multiple digressions of an original course of action and an engagement in negative self-talk. All of these will contribute to a decline in your productivity.


Less confidence in new environments

Doubting yourself is often a signal of invalidation. This can take a toll on your confidence levels and hinder your willingness to communicate innovative ideas across to others as well. Being more self-conscious and less confident can make it challenging to thrive in a new setting. As such, it may lead to an unwillingness to try new things that come with stepping out of your comfort zone.


Weaker decision-making skills

By consistently requiring affirmation from someone else, or by constantly re-thinking instead of acting, you can end up not deciding on anything at all. This impedes your ability to be swift and decisive, especially when the occasion calls for prompt judgement. This can get frustrating, demoralising, and sorely demotivating. 


Increased anxiety

Micromanaging yourself is bound to end up keeping you on your toes all the time. It is therefore unsurprising how anxiety can worsen as a result. As opposed to assuring yourself and guiding yourself, micromanaging does the opposite. This toxic behaviour can lead to self-hate if left unmitigated.


Micromanaging yourself reveals a lack of trust in your capabilities. In contrast, believing in yourself can build a strong baseline for other activities that you engage in throughout your life. Give yourself some breathing space and stop breathing down your own neck.  It takes time to break a bad habit, so start today!