As much as I despise psychological profiling, I know I don’t score highly as a completer/finisher.
Nevertheless, few things beat the thrill of finishing something; it’s a natural high.
If you have woken up to Monday morning blues, could it be the hung-over unfinished things of last week that are to blame?
If I ever start to feel bad about myself, I often find that not finishing something is at the root of the bad feelings. Conversely, actually finishing just one thing can put me back on top of the world and inspire me to go on to finish something else.
Unfortunately, it sometimes feels as if the price to pay for finishing is too high; I often settle for the cheaper thrills such as being ‘tweeted’ by a ‘celebrity’:
@seeingmore legend mate thank you half asleep !
— Jamie Bruce (@JamieBrucie) May 15, 2013
Finishing doesn’t have to be an expensive drug. There are all sorts of small things you could finish in the next five minutes – like emptying and reloading the dishwasher.
In order to get the week underway, I prescribe what I call a “finishing ladder”.
- Start with a small task and finish it. It feels good.
- Enjoy the endorphins but move up to a slightly bigger task before they subside.
- By the time you have two “finishes” under your belt, you’ll be looking for your next hit – go get it!
- Move on up the ladder towards bigger tasks.
- Before the day is over you just might be hooked on finishing.
Try to finish some stuff today …
Your dopamine receptors will love you for it.