Have you ever started something and not finished it? A hobby, a fitness plan, a business idea, a language course or maybe just reading a book… Some people say that starting is the hardest part, but for me and many others, it’s finishing what you start that can be the real challenge.
Here are some ideas about how to finish what you start:
“Why don’t I finish what I start?”
This is a good question to ask yourself and there can be many reasons why you don’t finish what you start.
- you lose motivation
- it gets too difficult
- you get distracted
- you’re not getting the desired result
- life just gets too busy
- you procrastinate
Unfortunately a lot of people are good at procrastinating (delaying doing something until later) usually because it’s something they don’t want to do. Whatever the reason, not finishing something can result in anything from not getting good value from a product like a new gadget or training course to more serious repercussions like poor physical or mental health, a break down in relationships or an ability to achieve your full potential in life.
What’s the solution?
Goals and objectives – Write down what you want to achieve and how you will do this. SMART goals are the best, which means they are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. You are much more likely to reach goals and objectives that are SMART.
Find a good reason – Before you start something, ask yourself ‘Why do i want to do this?’ Is it to learn a new skill, have more fun, be healthier…? Be specific, for example, maybe you want to finish a language course to pass an english exam and get a new, higher paying and rewarding job. Whatever the reason, if it’s important for you then finishing what you start should be much more likely.
Get help from someone else – Finishing something on your own can sometimes be difficult, especially when you face problems or difficulties so don’t be afraid to ask for help. This could be from a friend, family member, colleague or even from people who have more experience than you like a teacher or a mentor.
Keep you project in sight – The expression ‘out of sight, out of mind‘ is particularly true when it comes to finishing projects. Have you ever put a half finished book on a bookshelf and then forgotten about it? By keeping your project in sight, you will constantly be reminded about it and are much more likely to finish it. Try printing off a picture of something you want to complete or writing down the thing you want to achieve and stick it to the wall in your bedroom or on the fridge. Every time you walk past it, you will remember what you what to do.
Write a to do list – This will remind you of what you need to do in order to finish what you started but will also give you a focus by breaking down the task into smaller, more achievable actions. Add a time or date when you want to achieve the task by so that you can keep to a set schedule and finish on time. If you’re like me, you will also enjoying ticking off or deleting the items on the list when you complete them. This gives me a sense of satisfaction that I am making good progress and as the list gets smaller, I am more motivated to finish it.
Check your progress – Results from your progress will encourage you to keep going and not give up. Keeping a record of what you have achieved and regularly reviewing this progress is a good way to show yourself that your efforts are producing good results. Look back and see how far you’ve come then congratulate yourself and keep going. You can do it!