“FINISH” was my 2015 One Word Resolution and it has served me well! I am a procrastinator from birth so large projects usually feel overwhelming and impossible. As much as I am future dreamer and big picture gal, the large scope jobs and the follow up/follow through are my biggest challenges…loads of great ideas and then the details start to block me from completion. Somehow it gets done BUT, I am learning to minimize the pain of START to get to the joy of FINISH – sooner and with less sweat and tears.
I am a Finisher-in-Training. Yes, I am a F.I.T.
Everyday I ask myself, “What can I finish today”? Even if it is a smaller piece of a larger project, I can say, “I am going to finish raking THIS part of the yard, painting THIS section of the cupboards, tidying up THIS section of my office, putting THIS pile of files away, THIS section of the report. Knowing there is a finite chunk of the project to get me started and underway is a motivator to get to the finish.
I finished a few small tasks this past weekend with large gratitude…see above 🙂 Plus, harvested the dried lavender (see pic) I cut all summer/fall for future projects, decluttered 2 drawers resulting in many items to donate, and am about to wrap up an article on “The DNA of Leadership” for Alpha Lambda Delta’s magazine (a class act national honor society for first year college students – yay!) The article was broken down into 5 steps to finish one at a time:
- Outline (DONE)
- Draft #1 (DONE)
- Share with a few trusted friends and allies 🙂
- Draft #2
- Send for approval
I originally had Write ALD Article on my to do list and it was there for weeks – even though I was “writing it in my mind” and I was confident in the content, the article was not writing itself – if only! Thankful for a kind reminder, I lifted the dam and created the outline – hallelujah! When I broke it down into 5 steps, I enjoyed the “check it off” process more frequently and it keeps me moving along…and now almost done – more yay!
When I finish the article, I will reward myself with a tiny and extraordinarily delicious cup of Trader Joe’s Sipping Chocolate. All is well.
What can you finish today?
Have a Nothing New Day! ~Kristin