If your to do list is getting longer than the Five Books of Moses, this technique will save you time and headaches.
Finish The Job
With corporate downsizing and the need to impress, your to do list constantly growing. There are many tricks out there to help you shorten it, but I’m proposing the most obvious: Finish the Project! How many items on your to do list are in progress- you’re almost finished, but not quite? Finish projects after you start them.
Take this scenario: You’re buying a present for your significant other’s birthday. Being the thoughtful person that you are, you’ve thought about exactly what you’ll get her since her last birthday – because you don’t want a repeat of the “all I can find is dead flowers” incident. You’ve bought the present a month in advance. All you have to do is wrap it. The first two weeks you figure you still have time. Before you know it the day has arrived you need to scramble to find time to wrap it. So you look for the wrapping paper, but where is it- another five minutes before you find it. Scotch tape- where’d that go? Every step brings new obstacles..
Unfortunately this happens all the time- a project can’t be marked completed because a small detail isn’t accomplished. The solution is simple- complete the project while you are working on it. In this case you wrap the paper at work just finish it before you go on.
Don’t Start Unless You Can Finish
There are always many cool projects you can take on. Don’t do it unless you know you can schedule time to see it through completion.
By finishing all projects that you start you will seem more reliable and capable in all aspects of your life.