Optimism, Home Hacks and Learning To Finish

Optimism, Home Hacks and Learning To Finish

Abby Stone
Feb 18, 2010

I am a great starter. There is nothing that pumps me full of energy like starting a new project. I love it all: the planning, the research, the shopping for materials, the learning of a new skill. Finishing however? That's a different story. Perhaps because I've seen the result in my mind, I've less of a need to finish it in real life.

So there's no end of unfinished projects around my house: sweaters I've started knitting, a slew of crochet hooks from when I started a blanket, yards of fabric, patterns that are now discontinued, a box of photos waiting to go into an album.

In order to get myself to finish, I've found I need a deadline. It can be anything -- a party, a trip, a promise -- but I need a deadline to rev me into high gear. A couple of years ago I learned to use a timer to trick myself. Something about the rush of adrenaline narrows my focus and revs me up to complete a project.

My brother, on the other hand, is a finisher. He can procrastinate for ages about starting a project but once he gets going he marches happily and steadily towards the finish line.

Which camp do you fall in? Are you a starter or a finisher? How have you learned to get yourself going or keep yourself going? Share your tips with us in the comments.

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