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Finishing Unfinished Projects

Updated on May 8, 2015
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Eclectic is a good word for the many interests of retired librarian, Virginia Allain. Crafts, gardening, genealogy, travel, and more...


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

The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play
The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play

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

End Procrastination Now!: Get it Done with a Proven Psychological Approach
End Procrastination Now!: Get it Done with a Proven Psychological Approach

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.

  1. Too difficult

    Action to Take: get help with it or learn needed skills

  2. No time

    Action to Take: break it into small segments to fit in-between other tasks or hire someone to do it

  3. Indecision

    Action to Take: List the pros and cons of taking action or not doing it. Use these to make your decision.

Anxiety and Procrastination

I Hope You Found a Helpful Tip - to finish your unfinished projects

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    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @AlleyCatLane: That's why I need to take one easy project and just finish it. If I keep nibbling away at 10 different projects, it seems like I will never finish.

    • Frischy profile image


      6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Not knowing where to start. That seems to be a big one for me. Creating order from disorder. Very tough.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      I wouldn't exactley call them projects but there are so many things I need to be working on - getting the yard in shape, decluttering my house, cleaning the utility room, working on my ancestry, writing squidoo lenses, promoting my collectibles business......So little time.

    • traveller27 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great tips!

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @Pam Irie: My hubby says I have attention deficit problems. Oh well, works for me, putter with this lens, then that lens. Never run out of things to work on if I get bored with one.

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Especially with my crafting and art projects I'm constantly dropping one when I get bored with it and then coming back when I'm ready. It's really annoying to me that I work like this. Oh well..... I need to get one of these books on procrastination. lol

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I have to be in the mood to do things and sometimes that mood never strikes! I am always working on something (and my messy house is proof of that!). I enjoy doing a wide variety of crafts and projects; it keeps life interesting.

    • Gayle Mclaughlin profile image


      7 years ago from McLaughlin

      I learned from to "just do it". I am still trying to accomplish that in my life. But one thing I learned from her, don't take on too much--just reorganize one drawer at a time and finish that before you drag out another drawer. You can apply that principal to a lot of things!

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      7 years ago

      Boy, Virginia, you could have written this about me. My name is all over this article! I'm a champion procrastinator but I will NOT procrastinate in blessing this lens!

    • ZenandChic profile image


      7 years ago

      Well today I took down my Christmas tree finally. Lol!

    • nyclittleitaly profile image


      7 years ago

      I feel like you wrote about me, lol.


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