Big problem. We start full of vinegar and enthusiasm.
We get near the end and we stall, out of steam.
The novelty has worn off, we have mastered it and the challenge is gone. Maybe there is no heavy immediate deadline.
Our attention center is no longer turned on.
Maybe our perfectionism is turned on, and we are afraid it will not turn out as well as we’d imagined.
Maybe we are diverted by some other project that seems novel, interesting, challenging.
Anyway, this project just drifts away, and it never gets finished.
Strategy 1. start at the beginning
Before I start a project, I ask myself Why?
What are the benefits of doing this project and what are the consequences if I don’t?
Is this the best use of my time? A lot of times, I decide not to start. Then I don’t have to worry about finishing.
I am tired of wasting time on projects I don’t finish.
(and also on projects that turn out to have been a waste of time even if I do finish them)
More strategies for finishing, next time.
I will finish the book and it will come out in 2011