In this article, I will show you how to finish what you started and not being 92% of all people who never achieve what they set out to do.
This applies to everything from New Year’s resolutions, to goals and unfinished projects.
To me when you think about how to finish what you started you have so many variables to take into consideration. In this article let’s see how we can help you finish more of what you start and join the 8% of achievers.
Quit Starting So Much
Have you ever been around people who always seem to be starting things, but will never finish them? The trick here is to become more selective on what you start.
You’re better off to only start things you have a real interest in or maybe even passionate about. If not you are going to end up wasting your time that you could’ve spent more efficiently and effectively.
You’ll also find that you complete things at a higher rate if it’s something you’re really interested in seeing through the end, and not just another thing you’re starting.
I think this is something we could all learn to be better at. Wasting time is one of the biggest killers of not finishing what you started.
The other thing is to create a schedule for how much time you think something is going to take to complete. Be honest as well.
If you think something is going to take longer then plan accordingly. This way you do not underestimate and quit because you do not have time to finish it.
To Do List
One of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to create a to-do list. This can be a long-term list of things you’re trying to get done to finish what you started.
However, you should also break this down in a daily to-do list. Having one of these will hold you more accountable to actually finishing things for the day.
You should also mark things off as you complete them. This is very liberating and an effective way to keep you on track to completing your to-do list.
Do not start something unless you’re going to be committed to finishing it.
This is going to require you to determine what’s important and what is not at different times in whatever it is you’re trying to finish.
It’s very easy in this world to get sidetracked and off course. Being committed to seeing something through once you have started it will make it easy for you to say no to distractions and say yes to finishing what you start!
Stop Being A Perfectionist
My wife calls this being OCD which is a personality trait that can drive people crazy. A perfectionist has a hard time completing things because it never seems perfect.
Here is a clue. Some things will never be perfect. If you are the type of person who just can’t seem to make things perfect try setting your standards a little lower or being a little more reasonable with yourself.
Do What You Like First
This is something I’ve never really considered. In the past, I would have a to-do list in sequential order and try to finish them one at a time.
What I found, and I know this is true for a lot of people, is some days you don’t feel like doing task number one, task number two, task number three and so on. Maybe you feel like completing task number five first.
If that’s the case then, by all means, do it that way. At least you’re accomplishing things and marking them off your list and it will help get you motivated to complete some of the other things that maybe you are procrastinating on.
Progress Tracking Sheet
You should feel proud of things that you are completing on your to-do list. Beyond marking them off one thing you can do is actually create a progress tracking sheet.
When you do this it makes it easier to keep the momentum going. Let me give you an example.
If your goal is to lose a certain amount of weight keep a progress report showing how you are progressing towards your end goal. When you’re looking at this it can be very motivational to see the results you’re having!
We live in a society where everybody wants everything right away. This is not always possible, however, I do think there are times when you can reward yourself as you are progressing along towards your goal.
If this will help you finish what you start why not give yourself a little mini-rewards to celebrate what you’ve done so far? Maybe it will help you keep on track to reach your final destination!
When To Give Up
I am realistic enough to know that there may be times when you can not finish what you started.
I think we all lose interest in things for various reasons.
There may be times when you know this is it not what I want to do anymore and just go ahead and stop. The key thing is to follow some of the tips I’ve laid out in this article. Maybe you won’t be constantly starting and quitting things all the time if you’re more selective about what you do start.
I have laid out some pretty good ideas in this article on how to finish what you started. Keep in mind it is ok to stop and it is not quitting if you change your mind. Otherwise, focus on the tasks at hand!
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