Do you often struggle to finish the projects you start, even when you have every intention of finishing them?
Believe it or not, this is a common problem that most people face. Luckily, you can follow a few steps to change this starting today:
1. Know your why
When you know why are you doing something, it can really motivate you. When you set a goal or target, get really clear on what achieving it will give you. This can be so motivating and totally change your results. Write about it or reflect on it so it gets cemented in your mind.
2. Make a plan
The first step to finishing a task is making sure you have a plan at the beginning. It needs to be a plan which you write down. A mental note isn’t worth the piece of paper it is written on. You may want to jump in and start something in your excitement, but you might not realise all the work and challenges you will face. When you take the time to make a plan, this will better prepare you for the task at hand, and you’ll be able to spot problems much more easily.
3. Take a break
If you find yourself getting overly frustrated or beginning to loathe the project because you’ve been working on it for so long, it’s okay to take a short break. This break will help reset your mind and focus. You might even be able to solve some of the problems you are facing while you take this little breather. Just make sure that when you set an endpoint to your break, this way you can hold yourself to it and not just abandon the project.
4. Make Small Goals and Rewards For Yourself
As you plan how you will conquer your task or project, break your goal into smaller mini-goals. Then, cross them off and reward yourself as you complete them. It will help keep you on task, and you’ll be able to feel as if you are making progress, even if it’s small. This progress will do wonders to keep your spirits high while working on the project.
So next time you get excited about a new project or goal in your life, slow down a bit, get clear on your ‘why’, make a plan, complete with smaller goals and rewards for yourself. Then, as you pursue the project, don’t be afraid to take small breaks if you need to recuperate. Chances are, thanks to these four steps, you will be much more likely to finish your new goal than leave it abandoned.
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