Start to Finish. Why is getting from the start to the finish so hard?
It is so easy to start writing this post and yet filling the page with words and pictures that are good enough to click on that button over there that says “publish” is hard work. I think it’s tempting to think that people who don’t finish what they start are lazy and simply don’t want to do the hard work required. I get upset with myself for being lazy when I don’t take projects all the way from start to finish. Honestly, sometimes I am lazy. However, I think struggling with follow through is not really about being lazy.
Here are few reasons why I personally struggle with taking my projects from start to finish:
Overwhelm: I start what I think will be a small, simple project and it snowballs out of control. I like to call this the “nothing is ever simple” problem. I can’t deal with the project so I have to walk away from it. The problem, of course, is that sometimes I fail to return to it until it is worse than even the initial overwhelm.
Terrified of the Time: I know it only takes 10 minutes to unload the dishwasher. I also know that it will likely take a bit longer than that to sort through all the “I don’t know what to do with it” papers around here. I want to make sure I can give my projects the amount of time required to do the job properly.
The Other People Piece of the Project: Some projects require the assistance of other people whether it comes from getting information or help from them or simply needing their input and ideas to move forward. This means that some projects get put on hold according to a timetable that is not my own.
Distraction: I think I’m probably not alone on this one especially. My post about the long and winding road describes it fairly well, I think. Basically, one minute I’m putting away a lost photo and then, an hour later I’m still reminiscing over old vacation photos.
The Murky, Messy Middle Baffles Me: This sounds a bit like a repeat of overwhelm but it is not overwhelm so much as simply not being sure of what to do to get from start to finish. I know I need a system for all my papers but I am not sure what system will work best for me. Sometimes I put my projects on hold to mull over the best available solutions. Sometimes those solutions simply don’t come in a very timely manner.
Most of these simply require that I take a deep breath and push through. What would you add to the list? Which one do you struggle with the most?
This is part of my 31 Days of Follow Through series. In keeping with the over-all theme of the series, each day I am also committing to following through on a task and encourage you to do the same. My task for today is to clear off and organize J’s bookcase (an item from around the house on my master list that I actually started on Friday).