Why you can never finish something and how you can finally change it.
Never finishing what you start is more than just a bad habit- it stems from fear and hesitation.
The law of inertia tells us a body in motion stays in motion. And the same goes for projects, story writing, daily tasks, reading a novel, and that thing you stopped working on to read this article. When you interrupt a task, it can be difficult to pick it up again.
And we are interrupted nearly every three minutes. What’s telling is that roughly half those interruptions are self-imposed.
The result: When you’re working on something without a clear deadline, seeing it through to its end can be a huge challenge.
Think of all those books you couldn’t wait to read, but never actually finished; the projects you giddily started that petered to stagnation; the ideas that never moved into actual conception. Not everything is meant to be finished, but many of us have a boatload of projects, books, stories, and to-dos that have been relegated to a kind of purgatory of incompletion.
Mostly, amateurs can’t finish what they’ve started. Due to not having any deadline, they take long time and many days to come up with various ideas. They are inspired in minutes but takes hour to put a great presentation. If they’re inspired now, they have to start putting actions into their thoughts right now. If they’re put stop or any hindrance comes up, they find it difficult to continue. They have to have a particular time for their work. It is difficult.
WHY YOU AREN’T FINISHING YOUR PROJECTS
1. Fear of failing to impress.
One of the reasons people don’t finish tasks is their fear of being evaluated. People don’t want to have their ability judged, they’d rather have their effort judged.Prolonging completion of a task or project could be one way of avoiding that fear of being harshly evaluated.
2. Fear of setting the bar too high.
Sometimes it’s not failure, but success that makes people clam up and avoid completing a task or project. This goes back to accountability. Do too good of a job the first time around and you might be setting yourself up with impossible standards for the future. What if you can’t live up to that success?
3. Not wanting to put an end to the fun.
If you’re having a good time working on a project or task, the prospect of finishing can be disappointing. This can lead people to delay what they’re working on, simply as a way of avoiding giving it up.
These are some of the points which allow most of us not to complete something we start. We fear the ending of all the fun we’ve had while working on it. We, amateurs, do it for fun. That is the only thing that matters most to us. Proffesionals do it for money, recognition. We do it for the sake of our happiness. But we also have to learn on how to complete something and not give up in the middle.
HOW TO OVERCOME THESE ROADBLOCKS AND
FINISH WHAT YOU’VE STARTED?
Calling yourself a perfectionist won’t get you out of the fact that you aren’t getting things done.
1. Stop freaking over the negatives.
People claim that creative people don’t procrastinate as much as taking time to complete creative work. “Like yeast, we need time to rise,” says some. But when embarking on creative work, what are you thinking about when you take the time to focus? Are you ruminating about failures or savoring the good times? So, to overcome, just calm down and even if you think that your end result will not be what you expected, don’t stop. Carry on.
2. Being a perfectionist is no excuse.
Every master procrastinator has figured out a way to justify that delay in finishing. One of the most common is the perfectionist card. Regardless of whether you identify as a perfectionist or not, research shows there is no marked difference in the way others perceive your delay. In other words, calling yourself a perfectionist won’t get you out of the fact that you aren’t getting things done.Don’t hide yourself under the “perfectionist” card. Get out of it and never leave the idea on which you start working on. Complete it and marvel at the beauty of your own idea and labour.
3. Quit getting stuck on the big picture.
Procrastinators who avoid finishing what they’ve started don’t miss the forest for the trees, as the euphemism goes—they miss the trees for the forest. Often, we get stuck on the final big picture of our work. And if we think that we’re not doing up to the mark, we turn savage. We ruin everything we started and give up. “People who have trouble finishing a project don’t have problems seeing the big picture,” says many. “It’s how to break it down into manageable tasks that can be paralyzing. Advice? Just do something now. Start something and get going.
And never stop!
Carry on my wayward people, there’ll be peace when you are done. Lay your weary head to rest, don’t you cry no more. ♥
~Ankita Brahma. 🙌