Let’s start with some math here. When you look at all the memory keeping projects you started over the last year, how many are finished? Now, what’s that as a percentage?
For most of us, however, that percentage is less than 100%.
Last week we discussed some of the reasons why scrapbook projects don’t get finished. This post will continue that conversation, sharing a simple approach you can use to finish more of the projects you start.
How to Finish More of What You Start
It would be too easy and too simplistic to suggest that you start fewer projects. In fact, I have found that my motivation took a nose-dive when I deliberately and drastically cut back on the projects I was starting.
I believe we need that special energy that comes from something new. We just also need to balance that desire with real action and actual finishing.
So what’s the secret?
The secret to finishing more of the projects you start is starting more projects that you can finish. Ooh, that’s a mouthful! In other words, start projects that are finishable.
Starting more projects you can finish is not about choosing only projects that don’t take a lot of time or effort to complete. Finishable projects feel joyful and easy to you from beginning to end, no matter how detailed.
You may have noticed that I don’t teach a lot of project classes, where I have you follow a specific plan. That’s because I deeply believe that your plan is the best one.
When you customize a project to your unique skills and preferences, it immediately becomes more finishable. Here are some questions to ask yourself when planning a new project or evaluating next steps on an unfinished one:
- Does this fit me or am I trend-following?
- How much time do I really have?
- Do I genuinely want to make this?
- Could I be just as satisfied with less?
It doesn’t take a lot of time to pause and consider answer these questions. In fact, this exercise might save you considerable time (and stress) in the long run.
Do any of these questions pop out as something you need to ask yourself more? Leave a comment sharing your reaction.