Newly diagnosed & medicated and new to consulting.
I’m great with clients but getting bad evaluations because I’m slow to produce work and don’t take time to communicate status.
I’m trying really hard but I keep getting stuck in perfection loops and scared to share things before they’re perfect.

Did you struggle with this & find a way to improve? I’m terrified I’m going to get counseled out, but I love this job so much.

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Are these poor evaluations coming from your supervisor/coworkers or from clients? I am terrified of disappointing clients but in the past I'd often let things slip with coworkers.

I suffered from this for years early on (even had to go through a performance improvement plan one year), and probably still do to some degree especially now that I'm on a larger project team.

You need to find a way to get out of your own head though. Nothing you put together is going to be perfect, especially the first draft! (Reread that a few times!) Getting something wrong is not failure, especially when you share early and often. What we sometimes perceive as "failure" is just a normal part of the process for neurotypical folks. Your colleagues want to see progress, they're not looking for perfection. Use them to help you improve on what you have started. Hell they probably have things they've created in the past they'll share with you if you collaborate with them earlier.

I'd recommend finding a psychologist to work on cognitive behavioral therapy to reframe your thinking and redirect all of that energy though. It's really helped me a lot recently.


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I’m like this whenever I first start a new role. I don’t think it’s a bad thing bc when I eventually get a handle on everything, I am really good at what I do. Do you see yourself learning and improving overall?

Curious, why are you scared to share things before they are “perfect”?

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