There is nothing so fatal to character as half-finished tasks.
David Lloyd George
I am not a ‘completer/finisher’ by nature. Finishing is something that I need to push myself to do. I’m much happier at the idea and initiation stage. But I do subscribe to the theory that if it’s not worth finishing, then it’s not worth starting.
Anyway, I recently asked myself how you know when something is finished.
In my opinion, a job or project is not completed when:
✗ All the tasks on the list have been ‘ticked’
✗ The filing has been done
✗ The file has been tidied and tied up with a bow
✗ The post-project review has been done
All of these things are valuable and essential steps on the way to completion (well, maybe not the bow!).
After looking at a number of tasks that need to be finished on my to do list, I realised what the missing element is.
A job or project is completed when:
✓ It’s out of my head.
I haven’t finished with a job, until it’s finished with me. While it’s still in my head, it’s still unfinished business. I have a technique for dealing with that – but that’s tomorrow’s entry.