People with executive function disorder often have mental inflexibility that prevents them from accomplishing tasks.

Perfectionism & Procrastination

The desire to do things perfectly prevents a person from completing a task and leads to procrastination and missed deadlines.


  • Seeing small mistakes as a sign of failure.
  • Desire for approval and defensive over criticism.
  • Failure to complete tasks and avoiding even starting them.
  • Unrealistic understanding of success.
  • Highly critical of other people.


  • Learning to receive criticism.
  • Setting reasonable goals.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Lowering the pressure for success.

“The chronic procrastinator, the person who does this as a lifestyle, would rather have other people think that they lack effort than lacking ability”... “It’s a maladaptive lifestyle.” -Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University