Indeed, we all have been there; we get spectacular ideas, and we believe that the final output would be a masterpiece. But we have never been able to finish off those projects. I used to get tons of writing ideas every day, but all of them were lying in my notepad.
It’s not merely about my writing projects but also the novel that I expected to read, the decluttering of my workspace, my eating & exercise regime that I attempted to follow. I was unable to finalize what I started. I used to be a champion in leaving things unfinished.
I am a 21-year-old freelance writer and blogger. I was doing good with freelance projects, but I was not cooperating with my personal work. I was concern more about my blog. I began my blog in January 2019, and decided to post every week.
But due to my procrastination, I was posting solely once a month. Sometimes it was so demotivating that it appeared, my life was not in my custody, and it was sliding from my hands.
After spending months like this, I ultimately got up for myself and took a step to change this ritual of mine. I began searching on the Internet. I browsed lots of blog articles. I have read many self-help books to gain knowledge about our habits and our emotions.
Fortunately, I managed to accumulate some points to finalize anything that we start. In this article, I am going to tell you about those ideas. I have personally tried them in my life, so that’s why I would try to add my experience to them.
4 Habits To Finish Something That You Started
1. Create A Commitment Device
Believe me; it is a secret sauce to complete your work. I had found this when I was reading a great book called “The Atomic Habits.” One of its chapters describes the story of a French writer named “Victor Hugo.”
Victor was confronting a problem in 1830. He promised his publisher a new book. But instead of completing his book, he was halting his work repeatedly. When the water went up from the head, they concluded that Victor would complete his novel by February 1831.
He concocted a crazy strategy to complete his book. He compiled all of his clothing & asked his assistant to lock them away in a large chest.
He was left nothing to wear except a large shawl. Because of the abundance of clothes, he wrote furiously during the fall and winter of 1830. “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame” was published two weeks early on January 14, 1831.
I tried the same technique with myself when I was procrastinating to write articles. I locked myself in a super minimalist room where I had only a bed and an empty computer without the Internet.
I have successfuly wrote tons of articles by doing that. Sometimes, it’s not about making your good habits easier but to make your bad habits harder.
2. Make a plan Before Starting.
I have found that the projects that I could never complete are the ones that have started without a plan. When I had the procedure to follow, the feeling of what to do next gets eradicated from my sense.
Before starting a new project, ask yourself, why are you doing this, and how much time will it take? What if it takes twice or thrice the time as long as you expected? What things would you need while working? What are the things that distract you?
Figure out everything, do your analysis, create the format, and determine why you are doing this. Create an exact plan to finish your project. Write down everything on paper and start working.
3. Stop undoing.
Frequently we keep trying to make tiny changes here & there to pursue perfection. That’s why it never finish because it never feels excellent. You need to realize that perfectionism isn’t real; it would cripple you, and ultimately, you would quit working on it.
Begin with a thought in your mind that no matter how many times I would edit it or undo it, it’s not going to be perfect. I was facing this problem a lot. But when I try writing a ” just good enough” post for my blog. As I keep writing, the “good enough” post starts becoming better and better.
Never undo your work until it gets finished. Once it’s got done, then you can do your editing in that. It would also help you as it has helped me.
4. Try To Work With More Discipline.
When we start a new project, we are enthusiastic about that. We don’t even think about the obstacles or challenges we may have to face.
After some time, when the activity becomes more formidable than expected, we realize that we aren’t confident about the next step we have to take. This situation may or may not be fueled by perfectionism and the fear that the next step may not be excellent enough.
But this situation indeed gives origin to procrastination, and then eventually we stop doing the work.
To get out of this dilemma, you need to become more disciplined. Sometimes you need to grind it out rather than finding the secrets to complete a project—work without looking after your feelings & emotions. I have found that my mind starts giving excuses when I do not love the work, but if we persist and stop caring about perfectionism, we can efficiently complete any project.
Try to complete your work by bribing yourself. Implement halts and do it in chunks; you have to do anything to stop your mind from giving excuses and start producing the work.