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How to Finish What You Start

by Pete Godfrey · 6 comments

How to Finish What You Start

NOTE: Below is an updated post adapted from a recent newsletter article. Now while I can’t and won’t share most newsletter content here, this article caused a ton of feedback from my subscribers, so I knew this was a problem with us entrepreneurs, and I just had to share it with you here.

It’s a great feeling when you complete a project.

For me, there’s nothing like the feeling I get after a productive day as I sit out on my deck, a glass of red wine in hand, and think about how much I’ve accomplished. I feel in control, satisfied, and I imagine what the results will be when my work goes out into the marketplace.

I’m sure you know exactly what I’m saying. I’m sure you’ve experienced those days when you are in control and in the flow and projects get finished with regular monotony.

But it’s not always like this is it?

You know the feeling; you get an idea for a project and get all excited about it and you jump in and get started but before long your energy wanes and you give up on the damn thing.

For many, this becomes a habit.

They become very good at getting ideas but terrible at finishing the job.

The good news, if this is you and you are aware of the problem, you’ve got it half way beat. That’s because awareness of the problem is the first step. The second step is actually doing something about it to fix the situation.

And that’s what this post is all about… I’m giving you 7 ways to help you finish what you start.

#1 Get clear on your personality type: Some folks are good at getting ideas and some folks are good at getting the job done. For most of us, we’re a combination of the two. So it’s important you establish which camp you belong to. For me, I’m good at getting the big idea… and… I’m also good at seeing all the little details of a project that are important to get the job done. However, the best place for me is getting the idea and then delegating the parts I don’t wanna do. I stick with my core skills and delegate the rest.

#2 Pick the right project to begin with: This flows on from the point above. It’s important you do work that interests you… that you do work that you are good at and work that inspires you. Delegate and or outsource the rest.

#3 Quick start/ Build momentum: Get busy. It’s important you get busy, mapping out your idea and taking action. Momentum builds energy; and energy is what you need to finish any project.

#4 Avoid distractions: Get real clear on what you are doing and forget what everyone else is doing. Unplug. Don’t talk about your ideas just do them.

#5 Focus/full attention: Give your project your full attention in the time allotted. Sure you’ve got other things on that need your attention; but when you assign a time slot for your project forget about the other things that need doing and focus solely on the project at hand.

#6 Chunk it down: One big reason why folks don’t get their projects finished is they get overwhelmed with all the stuff that needs doing. By chunking down your project into bite-sized morsels, by creating a to-do list, you’ll instantly see the project is doable and you won’t feel so overwhelmed.

#7 Visualise the rewards for completion: Imagine you have finished the project and it’s a winner. How will you feel? How will you celebrate? For me, I’m a rewards kinda guy. Like when I finish a big copy project, I make sure I reward myself. Nothing too extravagant… maybe a night out with Elita, or a quick weekend away to our favourite holiday spot… and throughout the project I’ll visualise this reward, and really feel what it’s gonna be like. It keeps me fired up and gives me the energy to complete.

BONUS TIP Get clear on your why: Why is finishing this project important? What will it mean to get the job done right and on time? It’s very important you get real clear on why you are doing the project and what it will mean to you when you are finished.

Anyway, trust this helps in some small way.

Love to hear your comments.


Pete Godfrey

Word Wizard

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Kat Eden August 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Ugh, I am so good at coming up with great ideas and not finishing them. My issue is that even when I break down the tasks required, I have so many different ‘important’ projects on the go at once that my to-do list is just overwhelming.

The one thing that has really helped me feel in control, and also positively impacted my business, is identifying the top 2-3 tasks to do each day and then doing them first (I find working in 25 minute ‘on’ and 5 minute ‘off’ mode works well); before email and smaller tasks.

I give myself a ‘free day’ each week where I get to catch up just on email and all the little stuff first or even solely though. Otherwise I start to get panicky 🙂


Pete Godfrey August 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Great stuff Kat…I’ve got a similiar approach. I also have a handful of index cards that I shuffle each morning… each with an important suggestion and or goal. One card reads: “What needs to be achieved today?” Gets me motivated and stops procrastination. Thanks for sharing…


Robin Moseby August 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Thanks Pete,
Very good advice and I like the index card system


Konrad August 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Awesome post Pete, I always get a lift when I see you have posted something on your blog. I was having a pretty Crap day with my pain and getting all that negative thoughts stuff happening and going down hill. But seeing this post I feel like an opening batsman hitting the pitch and gunna kick but because I can! You Are an Inspiration!


Tanya August 5, 2011 at 1:48 am

You know what Pete, I started reading your article, and bearing in mind the content, I would’ve felt like a right ol’ douche bag if I hadn’t finished it. Break over, back to getting a home run 


Christina September 2, 2011 at 3:04 am

Hello 🙂 I write a list of jobs that I have to do for the day, and then I do the most horrible ones first. It gets them out the way fast and then I’m free 🙂


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