Hi there –
I buffer with handwashing, checking, and avoidance of potential contamination. The buffering creates a distraction for me from progressing though my tasks at a good pace. I think I understand the thought patterns from my past that I continue today that cause this behavior. Unlike overdrinking or over-rating, some of these behaviors feel reasonable or understandable – until they go overboard into double-checking things over and over again – almost as if my brain is running the show and I’m powerless to stop it. I observe myself being perfectionistic (meaning I hate to make mistakes) and so again, the behavior can seem harmless until double-checking turns into checking 8, 9, or 10 times.
Any suggestions for a model that would help me start turning this around?