Breaking Patterns of Procrastination and Overcoming Perfectionism

Presented by: 
Alex Abdel-Malek
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 11:30am
Okanagan Campus
Arts Building, Room 110
Focus Area: Productivity/Resiliency in the Workplace

AAPS is pleased to present two popular workshops with facilitator and clinical counsellor Alex Abdel-Malek

Session A: Breaking Patterns of Procrastination

Putting things off to the last minute? Having a hard time starting a project? Or is it hard to finish and actually put a close to something you are working on? This workshop is here to help you procrastinate less and get more done.  Contrary to what most people think, procrastination is not fundamentally a time management problem, which is why just trying to manage your schedule better is limited in effectiveness in changing this pattern of behaviour.

What You Will Learn

  • The factors that drive and maintain procrastination
  • The psychology of avoidance
  • Effective, concrete strategies to help you put a major dent in procrastination patterns

Session B: Overcoming Perfectionism: A New Way Forward

We live in a culture that emphasizes being perfect as a virtue in everything from body image to relationships to career achievements. The problem is that life and being human, in spite of our best efforts, is messier than this. Having high standards is one thing, but taking a perfectionistic approach to life can actually get in the way of your success. Striving for perfect often involves chronically doubting or second guessing yourself, being relentlessly hard on yourself (or others), and never feeling like you quite "make it." When chronic procrastination shows up in your workplace role, it can mean delays on your deadline completions, the possible strain on peer and supervisory relationships, and carrying around a sense of never feeling like you are "good enough."

This session will introduce participants to some of the concepts that drive perfectionism so that they may have a better understanding of what is going on as well as provide strategies to manage the challenging parts that arise within us that keep it going.

What You Will Learn

  • Identifying hallmarks of perfectionism as a mindset and how it is different from a “high standards” or success orientation
  • Perfectionistic sub-types
  • Explore the common meanings and origins of the perfectionistic mode of relating to the self or others
  • Strategies for moving from perfectionism to an achievement orientation in your work


Audience /Context

Session A is designed for AAPS members who would like to gain a better understanding of the psychology behind procrastination. Session B is designed for AAPS members who struggle in their work due to perfectionism. Our aim is to equip AAPS members with a better understanding of your personal power to in the workplace in order to build personal productivity, resilience, and better work relationships. If you have any questions about the series or this particular session, please contact us at

About Your Facilitator

Alex Abdel-Malek, MSW, RCC, is a psychotherapist, critical incident specialist, and professional trainer and speaker. He is devoted to understanding how meaningful choices affect our health and wellbeing. In addition to his own clinical practice, Alex is a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University. He has developed programs for numerous organizations and trained professionals working in the public sector, including the CBC, Crown Counsel of BC, Thompson Rivers University, and UBC.

Event Details

Breaking Patterns of Procrastination and Overcoming Perfectionism
Facilitated by Alex Abdel-Malek
Friday October 7 2016
Session A: Breaking Patterns of Procrastination: 11:30am-1:30pm
Session B: Overcoming Perfectionism: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Building: Arts Building
Address:1147 Research Road [MAP]
 Room: 110

To Register

You are invited to register for one or both sessions. Please follow this link to complete the registration form.

All registered attendees will receive a confirmation notice.

Please note these sessions are available exclusively to AAPS members and there is no cost to attend.

Cancellations: Please remember all events are costly to set up, even those which are offered at no charge. If you do not anticipate attending the session you registered for, please cancel in a timely manner by emailing We encourage you to contact us with any questions about the AAPS PD Program.

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