Being unable to finish what you started is not exactly a great quality. There’s not a lot to admire about an endless string of uncompleted projects.
Regardless, you shouldn’t beat yourself up. If you constantly find yourself dealing with an inability to complete projects, it’s not just you. It happens to everyone and can be caused by different factors. The purpose of this article is to help you finish what you started. Our first piece of advice is that you should read the article to the end.
How to finish what you started
1. Choose your projects wisely
For the sake of this conversation, let us assume that you’re a beginner at exercising. Being a beginner, does it make sense to pick the most difficult workout routine just because you want to lose weight?
No, it doesn’t. That type of project isn’t sustainable because you aren’t skilled enough to take it on. So, always choose your projects wisely. It will go a long way in helping you complete them.
Your plan here should be a detailed schedule that you’ll break down into tasks. These tasks must be carried out at certain intervals without fail. A proper plan will help you to keep to schedule and measure your success. This is more likely to help you complete projects than doing things haphazardly.
3. Stop trying to be a perfectionist
Perfectionists want everything done without the slightest allowance for errors. This is admirable but hardly achievable because, sadly, rather than propel you to get things done, it might force you to quit. You see, when you keep trying to get things done in a certain way, and it doesn’t work out, it can be very discouraging. So, stop trying to be perfect. Accept your flaws instead and work on improving them.
4. Stay committed
Whether it’s at work or in your relationship, you cannot afford breeze into and out of every endeavour. To finish whatever you started, you must become and remain committed to seeing it end. Without that, you’re not likely to finish.
5. Make yourself accountable
If there is no existing punishment for randomly quitting whenever you feel like it, there’s no reason not to. As such, you might get too comfortable abandoning projects whenever you want. To prevent that from happening, deal with the urge to quit and make yourself accountable if you slack off or quit. You can do it by yourself, or you can get a friend to help you. Do it such that whenever you derail from your schedule, there’s a sort of reprimand waiting for you. That reprimand will act as a sort of deterrent from abandoning the project.
The only way for you to make this into a habit is to keep practising. If you must become someone who always finishes what he starts, then you must become someone who is consistent and doesn’t give up.