The art of finishing things

More specifically, finishing stories on Medium.

Mich Chow

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Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

Ah the satisfaction of completing a book.

Cheerily, you slam shut the back cover of the book, chuckling at the full-circle ending of the story you just finished reading.

That ending was simply amazing!

…No?

Well, I gotta be honest with you. It’s been AGES since I properly finished reading a book.

You see, I seem to have this bad habit of starting things I don’t finish, be it a book, a course, or a side project.

Before you start berating me, I KNOW. I know how bad of a habit it is.

I blame my constantly curious, multi-passionate self for being interested in so many wonderful things in life. *coughs*

But more so, I’m pointing the finger at my own lack of focus and discipline.

Come to think about it, it really has been so long since I actually completed something. It’s embarrassing to admit, but I cannot for the life of me think of a recent milestone I’ve achieved. That’s probably why I keep feeling that my life is stagnant, when in actual fact I am the reason for that.

And I’m determined to do something about it.

So, here’s what I’m gonna do.

Step one: Set a specific target in mind.

About a year ago I set an uncomfortable goal for myself, to write AND publish on Medium every single day. I even wrote a story announcing it, with rules to follow. HAH.

Specific enough right?

One post a day. Write on phone. Hit publish.

Done!

*swipes hand off task and gets on with my day joyously*

Sad to say, the habit didn’t stick. I went back to my old ways of creating draft after draft after draft.

Step two: Set a time constraint

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Mich Chow

A coffee binger and a procrastinator. This is where I process my curiosity.