Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Keep Calm and Carry On

My grandmother used to quote her mother saying, "Life gets tedious."

Bright new projects never seem tedious. That's why it's easy to start a new one, without finishing the pending projects first. You think, "I'll get back to it later, when I feel more inspired." Yeah, right.

That's not to say that some projects are not worth finishing. Definitely there are times that abandoning a once-promising venture is the right thing to do.

But moving on to other projects because the one you're with gets boring, clutters your life. You get into a habit of starting, but not finishing. That sort of habit empowers that nasty critical voice inside your head that reminds you that you "never" finish anything.

Mixonian is all for projects. But clearing out the clutter of ongoing or old projects eases the completion of a new one.

Take a look at your list of energy drains. What unfinished business do you need to take care of?

Keep calm and carry on. That was a popular slogan in Britain during World War I. It's rather handy to keep in mind these days as well.