Incomplete Projects/Tasks Are Mind Clutter

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” ~William James


Summer is almost here. Many schools have already finished for the year and many more will do so in the next couple of weeks. Because of our change of routine during the summer months it’s natural to not want to have too many projects left incomplete.

During the winter and spring I usually have many projects that I want to get done. I’m sure you do too. After all isn’t that what Spring Cleaning is all about?

When we have too many unfinished projects/tasks they clutter our minds with guilt.  It doesn’t matter if they are big or small.  A basket of clean laundry that isn’t folded and put away or the unpaid bills past their due date constantly nag at us to take care of them.  This kind of clutter keeps us from finding peace and freedom to enjoy each day.

Okay, so you have all these incomplete projects/tasks in your life, now what?  How can you get them completed plus the daily responsibilities and still have time to enjoy the summer? It’s not easy but you have to prioritize (pay the bills) and sometimes multi-task (fold laundry while watching TV).  You also have to ask yourself if the project is even worth completing, at least at this time.

If you haven’t cleaned out your closet of the winter clothes or unpacked the summer ones then that should be a priority project you’ll want to complete as soon as possible.

If you’re leaving town on vacation but haven’t booked your reservations yet then that is a priority project.

If last summer’s vacation photos aren’t in the scrapbook album yet, that may or may not be a priority project. If you go to the same vacation spot each year those photos can help you decide what you want or don’t want to do this year. If you are going to a different location or a staycation (staying home) then it’s not a priority so don’t feel guilty. It can be a great rainy day summer project for the whole family.

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

Start today by making a list of your incompletions. Then separate your list by what you want or need to this summer. Put the list of non-priorities away. Once your first list is done then you can pull out the second list to work on those projects.

The key is to take daily babysteps that move you in the direction to complete those incompletions.

To a lighter load along the way.