The term micromanager is now so well known that it crops up in even the most casual of workplace conversations. Its popularity is no surprise, given that it’s a word you use to blame the other guy: “He’s such a micromanager” is tailor-made for whispered complaints around the water cooler or in the break room.
But micromanagement isn’t always inflicted by one person on another. You can easily be the unknowing victim of your own masochism. Self-micromanagement is hard to see, but it often impedes your ability to get things done, whether you’re working for yourself or with a team. There’s little incentive to recognize it because, after all, who are you going to complain to?