Finishing Projects

I’ll admit it, I get bored easily. It is a character flaw that has caused me a great deal of stress and frustration because it means that I find it really easy to drop a project rather than following it to completion as soon as I know how it could end.

It reminds me of how when I was younger, and I didn’t want to show my work in Math class because once I knew the answer, the rest became inconsequential to me. I didn’t always have the best marks thanks to this, but I kept moving forward in life.

I could go over all the things that I haven’t finished in life, but known that I should. There are half a dozen projects currently on the table that I need to work on but haven’t found the desire or focus to do.

Sometimes, I even find it really hard to write here, and it is really only due to the interaction I receive, and the enjoyment I receive looking back on what I’ve done that keeps me coming back and adding more to this blog.

I know I have other character flaws, but the inability to persist in something once the challenge is gone is frustrating to say the least. I want to be better and do better, and I go through short bursts where I accomplish all that I set my mind to, which only makes the rest of the time even more demoralizing. Imagine reaching your potential only one percent of the time?

I have been very thankful in my career that I have had a variety of work and tasks to keep me engaged. I have been lucky in life that I have been able to adjust quickly to change, but I really just want the drive and focus that seems to come so easy to a small selection of others. With my imagination and creativity, I know I could do more than I am.

I know this probably wasn’t the blog post most people were expecting, as I’ve been super busy doing lots of cool things, but it is just something I wanted to record on this site.

If you have any thoughts or ideas about persisting through and keeping engaged in projects, I would love to hear them. I have tried a myriad of things before to keep one foot moving in front of the other, but they’ve all come up short.

So feel free to comment below. I read every comment that isn’t caught by the spam filters, and even some that are…

3 responses to “Finishing Projects”

  1. David, if you look at it from another perspective, the problem is not being able to focus on one task, the problem is blocking out all your other ideas coming in. If you manage to turn off that creative mind for a bit whilst you focus on one project, you’ll definitely get on a lot better.

    You’re a creative, and creative minds always look for ways to be creative. The thing is, you can turn on creativity and turn it off when you want.

    Don’t know if that helps or not 🙂

    • Yeah, if you can find the secret of turning off the other stuff, that’d be great. I have projects in mind that I won’t even start for fear of letting them languish partially done and weigh on me like other things already have. I have the skills to execute some cool stuff, but I just don’t have the focus required to make them happen. Very frustrating as a creative to know you can do something, but that *shiny*…

  2. You know those periods when your brain is “off”. That’s when you’re not creative. 😉

    Figuring out how to channel your energy & enthusiasm for a project when you have the attention span of a goldfish on crack is hard. I like to use the reward of finishing a project as motivation – even if I have become bored with the project. I work to find ways to make it interesting – and even add some new things to it.

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