Finishing — Tip o the Day 19

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

Your Life Can Be Better

About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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3 Responses to Finishing — Tip o the Day 19

  1. rwkrecklow says:

    You’re already way past your deadline, if “the book will come out in 2011”. Is that an example of relieving deadline pressure, or simply a typo?


  2. Pingback: How To Fail At A Project — ADD Tip o the day | ADDadultstrategies

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