I’ve been blogging for the past little while about how to finish what you start.
I’m writing about this topic because I start a lot of things but I let those projects fizzle as I start new things. I don’t finish projects as much as I like; instead I simply deprioritize them in my mind and go on to something new.
So, for the last quarter of the year, I’m exploring this whole idea of becoming a better finisher and the blog posts I’m writing are a combination of observation, experimentation, and self-reflection.
One observation I’ve made as I’m doing this: The temptation to start things is ridiculously high. I’ve become such a starter over the years that it’s my default mode, I think. Therefore, even when I try to focus more on finishing, I end up starting new things.
I have started a couple of new client projects. I’m okay with that because they’re clients and if I put them off for too long, I’ll lose them. Some starting is okay and I lump that in.
But I have a bunch of other projects that have popped up that I thought “hey, I should start that!” Fortunately, I haven’t. I’ve been able to stick with my #FinishWhatYouStart initiative even though it’s a struggle some days to maintain those good finishing habits.
As new ideas come flooding in, I keep thinking that I need to start something. I’m pushing back, though because I don’t want starting to be the reward. I want finishing to be the reward. I want to enjoy the start because I look forward to the finish. So I need to finish these projects to help rewire my brain.
These new projects are just constantly added to my “Someday/Maybe” file and I will evaluate them later to decide whether or not they should be acted upon.
The temptation to start something is ridiculously high… but my response is getting better.
I’m fine with that (because I don’t want the ideas to stop). But I will hopefully see a reward for all this finishing and that will really help to solidify how positive this experiment is.