If you're anything like me, you've got some half-finished projects lying around. Things you were totally gung-ho about and had tons of energy and excitement for. But somewhere along the process, the interest faded and the project was left to the side. Maybe it's a scrapbook, a closet you've been meaning to clean out, that corner in the garage that just keep getting all the odds and ends that come out of the car, that half-finished throw you've been knitting.
Where does that lack of desire to continue come from? I've got some ideas:
- You didn't know what the next step should be so you stopped...and you've never quite spent the time thinking about the next step.
- You didn't know where to put the stuff you were trying to clean up, and throwing it or giving it away didn't seem to a great option.
- Something else came up that was more important and then the energy to get back the project was never there.
- You're simply overwhelmed by all the stuff around you and all the things you have to do.
- You have a pattern of starting things but never finishing.
What do you do now that you've got all these half-finished things lying around cluttering up your mind and your space?
Some more ideas:
- Make a decision. Decide that you're either never going to do it (and then throw it away, let people know you're done, give it away, whatever you need to do to get it out of your life), OR, decide you are going to do it and give yourself a deadline. If you're not done with the project by the deadline, make a new decision.
- See if there is anyone who can help you finish. A partner or friend can be a great source of new energy and enthusiasm for a project. Harness some of that for yourself and power through your project.
- Tell people what you're doing and let them know you'll show them the finished results. When we know others are waiting on something or counting on us, we can rise above our feelings of laziness.
Some final words:
Before you start your next project, think hard about the kind of person you are and your track record with projects. If you are the type that never follows through on on 'artsy' project, but you want to start a new one, think about why you never finished any of the others. The introspection might help you understand your patterns and keep you from starting something you may not finish.
Also, don't beat yourself about letting projects go. But don't let yourself exist in that nebulous space of "I'll get to it one day" while the existence of the project drains good feelings from you. If you're done with, let it go. It's okay.