Nike has that famous slogan, “Just Do It” and I want to come up with my own famous slogan, “Just Finish It.” Oh I am great at starting things, just look around my house and you will see lots of things that I have started. And in my family this slogan would work for others as well. My husband just needs to finish the steps. He started laying hardwood floors over a year ago. The steps are still not done, he needs to just finish it! My middle son never finishes a meal, even if it is delicious. He always leaves one bite on the plate, making we want to scream, “just finish it!
Here is just a look at the unfinished projects in my life and the lives of my client’s.
I have several books, too many to count that I need to complete. Not sure why I can’t finish them. Perhaps they don’t hold my interest like a good book should. Do you have piles of books adding clutter to your life? Write a date in the future on a post it note on the front of the book. If you have not finished the book by the deadline, donate the book
Piles of clothes that need to be dealt with. Within these piles are; clothes that need to be mended, clothes that need to be taken to the dry cleaner, clothes that need to be put away or clothes that are dirty. Divide like items together and deal with one pile at a time. If you have an over abundance of dirty clothes and feeling a bit overwhelmed, I have a solution. Pile all the dirty clothes in garbage bags and head to the laundry mat. Get them all done in a few hours instead of a few days. You might be saying to yourself who has that much laundry piled up. I am here to say to you that it might surprise you. If you have kids, chances are you have piles of laundry. If you have multiple children you may have misplaced one in that pile of laundry.
Home projects. This is written to my hubby Mr. Simplicity. I understand that you are a perfectionist and that the perfectionism is stopping you from finishing the project. But if you can just start you can learn along the way. Just like you taught yourself how to install the new faucet and lay the hardwood floors, I have the confidence that you can finish this project too. I do not want to be the nagging wife, but seriously, one year is long enough for this project to lay unfinished. Just finish it!
Piles of things to make decisions about. This is written to myself. Yes I still have that pile of stuff from when I did the great office purge. And yes I still have that pile of stuff from the office purge from six months ago and another pile from the office purge from a year ago. The way I deal with this issue is I go back and pull out what I need and then after a period of time I dump the whole pile. Just kidding, I can’t do that. I am going to hold onto it forever until I have an office just full of my piles that need to be dealt with. In all seriousness I am writing down a block of time in my calendar now when I will deal with it. I will create a distraction free zone and just finish it, once and for all!
What are you putting off? I challenge you this week to look at those projects and just finish them. Use post it notes and put the dates on things for completion. You may find a note on Mr. Simplicity to remind him of the date that I want his project done. He in turn will put a post it note on me to remind me of my pile I need to finish. It is a sick game we play with each other reminding the other to get stuff done! Use your calendar and mark days off now. You may even need to take a day off of work to get them all done. Don’t save sick days for when you don’t feel good and can’t get our of bed. Use it for a day to get those projects done. If you need a note from MS. Simplicity I would be happy to write one. Just finish it.
To Joyful, Simplified Organizing,
Melissa is a Productivity Consultant living in Fargo, North Dakota doing her best of living a life full of adventure. Filling a life of memories and not of things!