Why You Can't Finish Anything

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You'd think: "It's because I suck." And we'd go: "But, you don't suck! Yay! High-five!"

So, why can't you finish anything?

  • Because there's no such thing as finishing.
  • Because even if you've worked 9899875475698390 hours on Task XYZ, there will always be something else to do.
  • Because when you've think you've finished, you've settled for mediocrity.

Peep this:

  • Google's still working on its search engine.
  • Microsoft's still working on its operating system.
  • Starbucks is still working on its coffee.
  • Apple's still working on its notebooks.
  • Renee Zellweger's still working on her face.

The point:

  1. You will never finish anything.
  2. You can only "finish" what's sufficient for now.

"Then, how can I mutha-@^^%^ finish what's sufficient?!"

Say your client wants Task ABC done, and you think:

  • "Hey! I must get this done, but I can't! Help!"

Then, King Task Finisher Person would slap you and say:

  1. Finish something in 5 minutes.
  2. Now, finish something else in 5 minutes.
  3. Then, finish another thing in 5 minutes.
  4. Repeat process -- until client says: "By golly, by golly. You have impressed me, by golly."

Finishing big stuff takes completing a series of small 5-minute chunks of work.

Five-Minute Chunks = Good

So the next time you're procrastinating about "finishing" something, do this:

  1. List several 5-minute chunks of work.
  2. Complete those mofos like you're a ridiculous stallion.

Still need more work to "finish"?

  1. List several more 5-minute chunks of work.
  2. Complete those mofos too.

Repeat that process. Win.

Mini five-minute chunks of work = deliciously good.

 

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Posted on December 10

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