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Captain Quail 117 - New Arrivals (Sept. 23, 2014)

I have a really terrible habit, that I think I share with a lot of people. I'm terrible at finishing. I'm great at starting projects, at getting myself or others really excited about revving up, but sustaining that level of enthusiasm is tricky, to say the least.

I feel like I share this trait with quite a few people, especially people who want to be creative. I feel validated in thinking this by the sheer amount of 'advice to creative people' posts whose tl; dr: is "Just finish it!" I've gained some success by taking the similar-yet-not-the-same advice of building success through systems rather than goals. Want to be a better writer? Don't set a goal of writing a novel, build a habit of writing some every day. The same probably goes for drawing, or coding, or photography, or anything that takes effort and skill. 

I've been trying to be more active on my blog, as well as practicing writing for 15 minutes every morning. Yesterday I started a blog post on XOXO, and almost fell into the trap of letting it lie in the draft state too long. This habit of finishing-and-not-starting can actually cause a fractal of started-and-unfinished projects, and the habit I'm trying to build of writing every day pushed me to actually finish the post and put it out into the world. You can click through to my further thoughts on XOXO 2014

I would be curious if any of our readers have overcome the Unfinished Habit, and what they used to do so. Maybe it'll work for us.



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