I am a great starter, but not a very good finisher. Sometimes, I’ll have 5 or 6 half done projects going at once, but I can’t seem to finish any of them. I am sure there’s some hidden meaning behind this, but until I figure it out, do you have any advice on how to be a better “finisher”?
Hi honey, ME. TOO. Seriously. I will start extensive products when I am in a manic-ish state. If the mania subsides before I finish, they often remain undone indefinitely.
Now, you know, I’m an encourager, not an advice-giver, but I will pass on someone else’s advice that has helped me.
I’m a podcast junkie, and one of my favorites is “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” A tip she gives is using “power hours.” You pick a task, set the timer for an hour, and work on it uninterrupted for that time period.
Perhaps you have built these unfinished projects up in your mind to be overwhelmingly daunting. You figure you’ll never have enough free time to finish them so they continue to bang around in your head taking up psychic energy but not getting any closer to finished. Is this familiar or am I projecting my own feelings onto you?
The idea of a power hour is that you can often get way more accomplished in a short period of time than you think. Believe me. Or better yet, try it yourself.
Don’t have an hour? Trust me you do. Put an app on your phone that monitors social media usage, and you’ll be shocked just how much time you waste scrolling through other people’s lives while your own flies by.
But, if you still don’t think you have an hour: Start smaller. Set a timer for a half hour, fifteen minutes even. The point is, if you eliminate distractions and attack something with your full attention, it will take much less time than you think.
BUT this means (at least for an hour or whatever time period you choose) stop looking up new projects on Pinterest, stop feeling discouraged seeing other people’s finished projects on FB, and stop reading blog after blog about how to finish the projects you already started…after you read this one of course 😉
And one more tip from Gretchen Rubin: Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. Nothing is ever going to be perfect, but you know what it can be? Done. Out of your head. Off your plate.
I have lots of smart friends and would love to hear other people’s tips for finishing daunting projects. Do tell! And please write back and tell me what you thought of “power hours” and if you got your projects done!