Thursday, July 28, 2016


Some projects are easy to finish.  You get to the end and you walk away.  Others linger.

You can't find just the right word to finish the post.   Or maybe you think the the answer will come to you if you just wait.  The worst is when you think you're finished but things just keep popping up.  

The first two things don't bother me too much.  I enjoy finding the right words.  Sometimes a post will stay in the drafts folder for a weeks, waiting for just the right words.  

As for waiting for the right answer or solution, it's a speciality of mine.  I'm a thinker.  I'm a percolator.  Ya know, like an old fashion coffee maker.  I like to let ideas drip in my brain for a while.  That's how I've come up with some of favorite ideas.  

It's that last one that drives me crazy.  When you think you're done with something but it keeps popping up, wanting more attention.  "You forgot to do this"  "You should change this" "Pay more attention to me" So frustrating when you thought something was finished, when you thought you could walk away.  

What can you do when something you thought was finished, something you want to be done with, keeps begging for attention?

First, think about who is making the request.  Some requests from bosses or supervisors can't be ignored.  You have to submit to their authority.  Some requestors are haters.  They don't want what's best for you or your project.  Ignore them. 

Next, evaluate the request.  Is there value the changes that are being requested?  If not, don't make them. Don't let your pride take over here. Try not to fall into the trap of the messenger.  Maybe you don't like how the message was delivered or you don't like the messenger. That doesn't mean that their feedback isn't valid.  If the changes suggested are going to make things better, take them. 

Finally, if you decide to make changes, make them and be done.  Don't linger.  If you're upset about having to make changes, don't let your anger get in the way to making the changes.   Easier said than done, right?  But, seriously, being mad wouldn't finish this thing off.  

Remember, most things last only for a season.  The season may be long or short.  But you'll finish and be able to walk away.  Hang in there!

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