July 25, 2011

When It’s Okay Not to Finish, Pt. II

Two months ago, I wrote about not finishing something when you lose interest in it. It can be hard to acknowledge that something you once had an attachment to is now a burden instead of a pleasure. When that happens, it’s time to let go.

Another good reason to drop a task is when it has little or no payoff.  Have you been sending a report that no one reads or going to meetings where nothing is accomplished?  Do you hold onto projects because you think you should get back to them sometime?  Are you the person everyone else relies on to make important decisions?  When you don’t get positive feedback from these activities and you can be sure that your health or your livelihood won’t suffer, give serious consideration to stopping.

You might may feel angry or offended when you send greeting cards to everyone who has ever sent you a card, but then you stop hearing back from some of them.  Perhaps you volunteer for tasks that no one else wants to take on.  Think about why you continue to do these things.  What are you getting out of it?  Do you want to feel indispensible or persevering or determined? 

Before you take on another obligation, consider how you will measure the results and decide how you can end it if things aren’t going well.  Do you have a project you would like to let go? Click on Post a Comment, below, and tell us.
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