Finishing Unfinished Projects
Completing Projects by Overcoming Procrastination
Do you sometimes feel oppressed by all the unfinished projects hanging over your head? Maybe you dread opening the closet or going to the garage where half-done crafts and repairs reproach you. It seems like when one thing gets fixed or completed, then two other things break. Too much stuff, too much to do and too little time.
Yes, you are not alone. This is a common problem, having unfinished projects or crafts lingering on without getting completed. They clutter up the home and worse yet, they clutter your mind and make you feel guilty. Here are my suggestions and tips that I've gleaned from experts on procrastination. There are many reasons why projects get pushed aside and never finished. Find the one below that fits your project and you can unblock it and get it out of the way.
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Reason to Procrastinate: Lack of Knowledge
You don't know the process for finishing the project
This can be a biggie. You've started something, then realize that you are in over your head. It's not turning out right or you're afraid you'll bungle it.
Overcome this reason to procrastinate by getting the information you need. Look up some how-to information on the Internet, get a book from the public library, take a class to learn the technique or find someone to show you what to do.
Video Tips for Overcoming Procrastination
Reason to Procrastinate: Lack of Time
Busy, busy, busy....
If a project keeps getting put off because you are too busy, there can be several interpretations of this. Do you really believe in the project and want it?
If no, then just forget it or get rid of it.
If yes, and you really can't find the time, then consider hiring someone to do it or asking a friend or family member to tackle it for you.
What Kinds of Unfinished Projects Do You Have at Home - Forget about all the ones at work and just focus on home projects
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Affirmatiions to Overcome Procrastination
A Book I Found Helpful - The Now Habit
It has been around for awhile, but I think it really gets to the basics of procrastination and changing that.
Reason to Procrastinate: Indecision
Make up your mind...
If the postponed project is one you don't really want, then it's hard to get going on it. Maybe you need to sell a family antique because you need some cash, but you are reluctant to give it up. In these cases, you need to decide one way or the other. If you decide to get rid of it, make a list of all the reasons that it is a good choice. Read those over several times, then just "do it." If you decide not to go through with the project, then make a list of why you chose that.
Convince yourself that you've made the right decision and move on.
Books to Overcome Procrastination - and get your projects done
You don't have to decide right now, take a look at the reviews and ponder which one will give you that kick-in-the-rump to get started on your projects.
A Psychological Approach to Procrastination
It's not lack of will-power that keeps people stalled, but real psychological barriers. This book gets you past what is keeping you from finishing your projects.
How Many Unfinished Projects Do You Currently Have?
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List of Causes for Unfinished Projects - and how to overcome this procrastination
Review of the suggestions above.
- Too difficult
Action to Take: get help with it or learn needed skills
- No time
Action to Take: break it into small segments to fit in-between other tasks or hire someone to do it
Action to Take: List the pros and cons of taking action or not doing it. Use these to make your decision.
Anxiety and Procrastination
This one is available on Kindle, so don't procrastinate. You can read it today!