Preventing Procrastination: Be Willing to Finish What You Start

Happy Friday night! I am continuing with my series on Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, and Pursuing Purpose.

For today, the focus is on this rather uncomfortable thought:

Procrastination is being unwilling to finish what you start. Ouch!


It makes me experience a strange combination of feelings, including anger, defensiveness, frustration, and guilt. Am I really *unwilling* to finish what I start?


This idea sent me into a period of retrospection and reflection, followed by the stark realization that there have in fact been times that I simply didn’t want to finish something I started (projects, meal preparation, exercise routines, freelance work, schoolwork, plans for one thing or another…).

Other times, I’m not sure if it is unwillingness as much as taking on too much — being out of balance — and getting overwhelmed to the point that I feel unable to accomplish what I should. So maybe, after all, it does end up being an *unintentional* unwillingness to finish what I started! The wiser idea, as the above image suggests, would be to take those baby steps–one at a time, one task at a time–rather than getting overwhelmed with the BIG picture.

I think some of the most glaring unfinished things for me have been {{cough, cough…continue to be}} freelance projects, plans to de-clutter and reorganize around home, and sewing projects. The problem is, as I’ve mentioned before in a quote from Joyce Meyer, the inherent character flaws that caused this issue won’t go away if I continue NOT to face them and change myself and my attitude toward them:

If you have been tempted recently to give up–don’t!

If you don’t finish the thing you are currently involved in,

you will face the same challenges in the next thing you start.

Some people spend all their lives starting new things

and never finishing anything.

Let us make a decision to be more than people

who never reached their full potential.

Joyce Meyer

So what do you think?

Do others of you struggle with this issue of being unwilling to finish what you started, either consciously or unintentionally?

Do you think it’s rebellion? Fear? Laziness? Overwhelmed and over-committed?


3 thoughts on “Preventing Procrastination: Be Willing to Finish What You Start”
  1. For me, procrastination is about not even starting. Once I begin something, I don’t usually have any problems finishing. I will wait and wait and wait to start something I need to. UGH! Feeling your pain!

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