Monday, April 22, 2013

S = Satisfaction from finishing big projects.

Big projects are easy to start, and hard to finish. For example, my son’s dirt bike broke down. Then he took it apart, intending to fix it. A year later, the frame is in the barn and the engine is in a box in the basement. It was worth something…at one time. I don’t think he realized how difficult it would be.

However, you can’t beat the feeling of satisfaction when you finish that big project. A novel for example is a big project. It’s a great feeling when you hit that enter key for the last time. So I have here some tips to help with finishing anything….

1.      First be sure it’s a project you really want to finish. You should be excited about it, and feel confident you have the ability to do it.

2.      Stop being a perfectionist. That inner editor (for us writers) can be a difficult thing.

3.      It’s always hard to find time for anything extra, so you need a plan. When will you work on this project? Then stick with it. (If you don’t have time, whatever you do don’t take apart the dirt bike.)

4.      Then keep track of your progress.

5.      Keep imaging the satisfaction of finishing.

Lastly, you don’t want to find yourself forcing it. If that happens, perhaps the project wasn’t right to begin with and you can always start another one.




Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think a time limit helps. That prompts me to finish and not waste time perfecting it when there's no way it could ever be perfect. (And yes, that does frustrate us perfectionists!)

Danielle said...

I need to stop being a perfectionist. That's the hardest part for me.

Maggid said...

Such comforting advice.
Okay, I'll continue on with my project - now that i feel refreshed & understood by a fellow A to Z blogger . . . Engine & Frame? My foster brother used to take vehicles (bikes or cars) completely apart, rejoice in the mass of spread out parts - clean everything and put it all back together. It was amazing and concerned his parents - which might have been part of the fun.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

I agree with you completely.

Jay Noel said...

I'm guilty of being a perfectionist. I need to often turn off that inner critic. Deadlines work for me.

Rinelle Grey said...

I agree with not taking the bike apart until you have time to put it back together. So hard to remember where all those parts belong!

Rinelle Grey