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Great starter, bad finisher!

For the few people who may read this, or who don’t, you know that this week has been kind of an off week in regards to posting.  As I mentioned in a previous post I try and post on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  The only day this happened this last week was Thursday.  It was a busier week, but there was no reason I couldn’t have posted something on Tuesday and Saturday.  Writers block was just an easy excuse, but it leads to something I’ve observed about myself.

In my personal life I’m a great starter of things and a not so great finisher.  When it comes to work related things I get them done.  I know why there’s a bit of a difference between the two, but if I take that out of the equation I’m still a bad finisher on personal projects.  One of my goals/resolutions/whatever you want to call it for this year, was to finish a couple of my projects and not start any until those were finished.  I haven’t finished them yet, and one of them I’m not 100% sure I will.  Not that there’s a lack of desire to finish it, it possibly has other consequences I’m not ready to address at this point. But there is another one I could finish.  I still plan on finishing it, it’s just getting down to business and avoiding distraction to get it finished.  Lastly if I find a project is not enjoyable, these are after all projects I take on in my limited personal time, I don’t want to address them.  Most of the time I do find them enjoyable, but when I hit something that is giving me a spot of trouble, I find something that is more interesting or that I can more easily overcome. Anyone else find themselves in this position?

I’m not sure that I have a solution other than forcing myself to get them done.  I also think finishing up a few shorter term projects will help with that satisfaction one gets from finishing something.  I’m on week 2 of a 4 week exercise program that come hell or high water I will be finishing.  Normally I’d get to about week 3 and be done with it.  So I’m on the look out for that ‘boredom’ and will just have to push through no matter what.

I’d be curious to hear what others have to say about this situation.  Do you find yourself starting stuff and not finishing it?