Do you have a habit of starting projects and not finishing them?
You know it all too well… you started an article, or an ebook, or a craft, or a re-modeling project in your house, only to abandon it mid-way.
If you’re like many people, there’s a decent chance you have several uncompleted projects around the house and at work. At first, you started the projects with lots of excitement and enthusiasm. But midway into the project, you lost interest and left the tasks unfinished.
I don’t know about you, but I find unfinished tasks frustrating. In almost all cases, unfinished projects constitute waste of time, energy, and resources. For a business, unfinished project means income loss. I mean, you can’t make money from an unfinished ebook! If you’re a contractor, and you failed to finish your project, you won’t get paid for that project!
Having lots of unfinished projects and tasks lying around is a passport to failure. Not only do unfinished projects take up lots of mental space, but they bear testimony to your character as perhaps, someone who is unreliable or un-focused.
So, if you have a habit of unfinished projects, you may want to switch it around.
Follow these tips to finish the projects you’ve started:
1. Give some thought to why you haven’t finished specific projects. An important aspect of personal growth is to determine why we do what we do. This is especially true regarding behaviors we’d like to change.
• For example, perhaps you never finished cleaning out the garage because you’re a border-line compulsive hoarder and you hate to throw things away. If so, work on that underlining psychological issue, and focus your thoughts on the benefits of de-clutter and organization. You’ll discover that you’ll find the energy and time to clean that garage.
2. Make a list of your unfinished projects. If this task seems daunting, just record the projects you care about finishing.
3. Decide which project you want to finish first. Circle it on your list. If you have a large number of projects listed, you may want to place marks by the top 3 you want to finish soon.
• Prioritizing helps you quickly carry your momentum from one completed project to the next.
4. Focus on completing one unfinished project at a time. Allowing yourself to forget about the other projects, at least while you finish the current project, is probably your best chance of eventually clearing out all the projects on your list.
5. Avoid getting overwhelmed. When you feel overwhelmed by everything you have to do, you tend to avoid doing any of the projects. When you focus on completing one project at a time, you’ll likely avoid those feelings.
• When feelings of stress start creeping up regarding all the projects you “need” to do, say to yourself something like, “I’m making progress because I’m working on project X now and it will soon be done. When it’s done, I’ll move on to the next one.”
6. Give yourself permission to ditch projects you no longer care about. As time passes, our interests change. Changing our minds is something we all do.
• For example, maybe you used to be interested in gardening. You have pots, mulch, or seeds you never planted. For the last year or so, you’ve figured out you’d rather be playing golf if the weather’s nice. Abandon this task and give away the supplies.
• If you no longer wish to do a particular task, it’s okay to rid yourself of the unfinished project. Your mind will be less cluttered and you’ll feel free of the unfinished project that was bringing you down.
When will you work on the project? When something is important enough, you’ll find the time to finish it. If you think another two or three hours is all a project needs, it’s possible you can complete it on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon.
• If the project requires a longer amount of time, consider your current schedule and how you could fit in one or two hours to work on the project twice a week.
You can finish what you’ve started if you put these steps into action. Learn to live an unfettered life by keeping only the projects you want and then finishing them!
Productivity is about result, not excuses.