The Secret to Starting and Finishing a Project
I just wanted to share an excerpt from a great little book I read two years ago called, Manage Your Day-To-Day, by 99U.com. It’s filled with interviews and insights from writers, designers, and other creative leaders. I definitely recommend reading it.
The excerpt I want to share is from one of my favorite passages in this book, titled, “Harnessing The Power of Frequency” by Gretchen Rubin.
“Frequency makes starting easier. Getting started is always a challenge. It’s hard to start a project from scratch, and it’s also hard each time you re-enter a project after a break. By working every day, you keep your momentum going. You never have time to feel detached from the process. You never forget your place, and you never need to waste time reviewing your work to get back up to speed or reminding yourself what you’ve already done. Because your project is fresh in your mind, it’s easy to pick up where your left off.”
I love this because it’s so true! Gretchen touches more on frequency and how it keeps the pressure off, sparks creativity, and more.
This book is a must-read, at least for Gretchen’s portion. ^_^
For me, there has been many projects in the past that I probably would’ve never finished if I hadn’t committed to them by consistently and frequently working on them.
My blog is a great example. I am not a web designer, but I worked day-to-day on designing, coding, and planning my blog until it was complete and good enough (in my eyes) to publish.
There’s always going to be room to grow and more to do, but we have to at least put in the effort towards accomplishing our goals by frequently working on them.
Frequency encourages motivation — which is another important key to succeeding in accomplishing your project goals. When you’re more motivated to work on your project, nothing is going to stand in your way.
Work on your projects (or goals) frequently because it will help you get them completed even if you spend less time on it than you did the day before. It’s about consistently keeping your mind connected to the project.
Finally, I’ll conclude with a quote by Pearl S. Buck (which is featured in my Inspiration Notepad and the 99U book):
“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.”