Sunday, October 14, 2012

Finishing Projects

Let's say you’ve been working on a big writing project (a short story collection, a novel, an e-book, or whatever), but the project slipped onto your back burner and you haven't worked on it in a while.

Recently, though, you dusted off this project and decided to get back into it, and you've convinced yourself you’re finally going to finish it. This time, things will be different. You're really going to throw yourself into this project until it's done.

Let me ask you something: What's going to make this attempt at finishing this project any different from the last time you didn't finish it? Why should anyone believe you? Do you even believe you?

What specific goals have you set to make sure this time your project actually gets finished? What consequences have you set to reward yourself for progress--and what negative consequences have you set to stop yourself from failing?

What was it about your process last time that enabled you to drop the project? What can you learn from that experience so you won't repeat it all over again and still never finish?

This post owes a debt of gratitude to Steve Pavlina.