Do you actually finish tasks or run from one uncompleted task to the next?
I’m not talking about when the toddler is giving the dog a haircut or the teen says, “we need to talk”. Those are jump and run situations. I’m talking about every day life.
I start to wash the dishes and I get “enough washed” and decide to start preparing dinner. I’m folding the laundry and stop mid load of towels to finish the dishes.
I plan the menu for the week but never actually make the grocery list, so I grab whatever I see at the grocery store and need to go back 5 times in a week because we still have nothing to make a complete meal.
I decide to post every day in my Facebook group, but don’t have a plan, so I skip half the week because I can’t decide what to post.
Not finishing my tasks makes me feel like I’m running in a million directions doing ALL. THE. THINGS without getting results because I can’t see any progress be causing nothing is finished.
Today, before starting dinner, I actually finished all the dishes. Even that spoon that was laying on the counter across the room. I finished that task and the kitchen looks better and I feel accomplished.
Today, I will fold all the towels AND PUT THEM AWAY before moving on to the next task.
I will make the grocery plan and the list at the same time.
By starting on these small finished tasks without changing direction and getting sidetracked, I can build my finishing powers. When I learn to consistently finish the little things, I can then flex my finishing powers and complete bigger, more important things. I can sit down to develop a plan for working my business and then actually finish it.
Quick tips to finish tasks:
Plan to finish tasks that only take 20 minutes or less in one sitting.
Don’t move! No getting a drink or a snack. You’ll suddenly find yourself taking out the trash rather than finishing your task.
When your mind starts to wander, yell “STOP” and continue with what you were doing. The loud verbal cue gives yourself something to focus on and the kids get a kick out of this one.
When you finish the task, take it to the next level and put the items you used away.
Plan several similar tasks for the same time frame. Wipe up the bathroom and then start the laundry to cut down on switching gears.
Reward yourself for actually finishing.
Rather than a to do list..make a finished list. Jot down everything you actually finished for the day.
Tell us about your finishing powers over at the Facebook page.