On Finishing What You’ve Started
For years I struggled to get started.
No matter what kind of project or personal challenge, I failed most of the time. (If I could back all the time overthinking… life goes on, don’t dwell on the past. Use it to learn and improve yourself.)
But finishing was even harder…
…Until I learned this one simple thing:
Here’s what I learned (in a nutshell)
Once I‘m in the flow, I am “unstoppable.” The challenge has been to find the right timing to “stop” and “ship” (read: publish).
A Love/Hate Relationship
I hate deadlines.
I love freedom and independence.
It took a long time for me to realize that deadlines equal freedom.
The closer I moved to a deadline (whether a self-imposed deadline or a deadline given by an authority, a teacher in the school)…
…The harder I worked. The more I got done in less time.
- I put more productive (!) hours in.
- I edited without mercy.
- I shipped it.
Finish what you’ve started by setting a specific deadline.
A day in the calendar.
(Sub-deadlines are optional; whatever works for you.)
Make it achievable, yet challenging.
That’s the key.
This article was first published on 3 June, 2021 on MarioMontreal.com