When you have multiple projects at once, it’s easy to find yourself not being able to finish anything. It’s when you end up with “never finish anything syndrome”. I’m not sure if I made up that term or if it’s just called procrastination, but it perfectly explains what happens whenever I want to begin a project. It’s like a mental paralysis. Have you experienced this same phenomenon without realizing it?
When You Can’t Finish Anything
Suppose you have to clean your room one day because you could’t find your earphones and realized that you’ve had enough. This used to be a daily thing for me, until I slowly started becoming more organized with my stuff (I use labels for everything). After setting time aside to clean up, you look at the main sections of the room and decide that you don’t know where to start. This is where it all begins.
You get an idea to clean up the bed area, and then move onto the book cases, and then move to the desk. Then you stop, wait, and think that it may be easier to begin with the desk, since it’s the most cluttered. But before you know it, you’re frustrated and decide to sit on the bed and check out your phone. What are you doing, man?
The truth is, everything has to get done anyway. No matter where you begin or where you end, everything needs to be organized by the time you finish. Does it really matter what goes first, second, and third?
Why Do You Take Too Long to Start Anything?
This same idea is what goes into me trying to learn how to program, or how to learn Google Analytics. I checked out all of the SEO tools. At one point I even Googled the best laptop for a marketer. What the heck, seriously.
When you get the great idea to start your own website, and then debate on what the best topic is, and who you target audience is. By the end of your self-brainstorming session, you end up with a plan that involved making three websites, each with their own styles and topics when your original idea was just to start one.
Back when I had my quarter-life crisis, I decided to take a job unloading boxes at UPS. Those places are brutal. You would open up a truck stuffed to the top with 20 pound boxes and had to unload the whole thing at a rate of 300 boxes per hour. A manager once told me that UPS makes around 0.08 per box delivered at the end of it all, and it all depended on how fast we unloaded a truck.
I bring this up because it is exactly what happens when I want to start a project: I see the whole picture and get bogged down by feeling like I have to do it all at once.
Eventually, all of the boxes got unloaded –one box at a time.
As long as you keep moving, you’re doing alright.